Saturday morning practice
The first practice session has wrapped up in El Segundo, with the other group just about to go on the ice.
First, to clarify the injury situation, off the ice are Marc-Andre Cliche (knee), Matt Greene (shoulder) and Colten Teubert (thumb). Slava Voynov skated this morning but, as thought, as not been cleared for contact. Everyone else should be good to go for camp.
Terry Murray said he intended to go with the lines that he put together this morning, meaning you should expect a first line of Ryan Smyth, Anze Kopitar and Dustin Brown for a while. As expected, Alexei Ponikarovsky, Michal Handzus and Wayne Simmonds are together, meaning that Jarret Stoll will center Scott Parse and Justin Williams. That will clearly be the line to watch, and Murray had high praise for Williams, saying he came to camp in excellent shape.
Murray said that with Greene out for approximately the first month of the season, he wouldn’t be afraid to put a rookie in the lineup. Murray had strong praise for Davis Drewiske, who clearly has a spot to lose entering training camp.
In goal, Murray reiterated that Jonathan Quick is his No. 1 goalie and that he would like to limit Quick to a maximum of 60 games. Beyond that, it’s an open competition between Jonathan Bernier and Erik Ersberg.
I have a ton of stuff to post, from interviews with several different players, so look for frequent updates throughout the weekend, starting in a few minutes with the lines/pairs from the second group.