This probably isn’t how Peter Harrold wanted his season debut to go. Harrold, a healthy scratch from the first five games, will be in the Kings’ lineup tonight in place of the injured Drew Doughty. Harrold is now in his fifth season with the Kings and played 39 games last season — some on defense and some at wing — with one goal and two assists. It is expected, but not certain, that Harrold will also take Doughty’s spot as Willie Mitchell’s partner, which would fit with Terry Murray’s suggestion this morning that he doesn’t want to change too much with Doughty out of the lineup.
MURRAY: “You don’t change your system or your structure. The guys who are playing, we’re not asking them to take on Doughty’s style of play. We want to keep everyone playing their own game and moving the puck.”
Before long, Matt Greene will be an option as well. On Wednesday, Greene — who underwent shoulder surgery in July — received medical clearance to play, and Murray said it’s likely that Greene will return sometime during this five-game road trip. But just not yet.
“I feel Greener just needs a few more days of work on the ice,” Murray said today.