If you were surprised to see Jarret Stoll lining up on the right side, with Alexander Frolov and Michal Handzus, last night, you weren’t alone. So was I. Stoll, I believe, still ended up taking the most faceoffs, but it certainly gave the Kings a different look, although it didn’t produce any points. Given the way practice went today, it appears as though Terry Murray is going to stay with the line. Today, I asked him about his thought process, in terms of why he constructed that line…

MURRAY: “A couple things there. I was trying to find a right winger, to begin with, on that line, that’s going to have speed and maybe generate something off that side. I look at Stolly and his speed, his quickness, his shot. He had a couple good looks last night. I like that part of it. The other side of it, quite candidly, is I’m looking to get that Simmonds-Richardson-Parse line back together. They were very good for me for several games. I broke them up out of necessity there, because of injuries. I was really looking to find a way to get them back together again. That was my thought process.”

The natural follow-up, of course, was to mention that Parse is now no longer with the Kings…

MURRAY: “It’s the same issue that I’ve talked about before with Parse. He can give you the spectacular effort, score the great goal and look like he’s a top-six player, and then the next shift, or the next period, you’re wondering what the hell happened. To me, that was exactly the scenario last night. He starts off the game on that line. Turnover after turnover, and not able to make the passes on breakouts. Just too many things were looking as if his game was going the wrong way. I think a part of that, the word `concentration’ covers him in those situations. He’s just not right there, where you need him to be, in the concentration part of things, and bad things happen.”

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