Some players, when injured, worry about losing their spot in the lineup. Scott Parse, it seems, got a promotion. Parse started training camp as the Kings’ second-line left-winger, but injured his groin in the first preseason game and has been out of action since then. Parse has been practicing for a couple weeks though, and on Tuesday he took the ice wearing a purple jersey, signifying his place on the first line alongside Anze Kopitar and Dustin Brown. Parse is expected to play in that spot when the Kings host Tampa Bay on Thursday.
“We’re seeing all we can see in practice,” Terry Murray said of Parse. “It’s time to get him in a game. … He’s one of those guys we look at as an offensive player who can score goals. In order to do that, he has to be playing on a top line.”
Parse was a productive but inconsistent player last season. His 11 goals in 59 games last season give the Kings hope that he can produce in a high-profile role.
“I’m ready,” Parse said after practice today. “I’ve just got to get playing again, and get the timing again in games.”