Terry Murray seemed to be keeping his options open on defense today in practice, as the defensemen were frequently rotating partners in practice drills. Yesterday, Murray committed to a top pairing of Drew Doughty and Rob Scuderi, and today he leaned toward pairing Jack Johnson with Matt Greene — the blog poll wins again! — and Davis Drewiske with Jake Muzzin. It fits with Murray’s model of having one puck-mover with one stay-at-home guy, although that means classifying Muzzin as a puck-mover.
MURRAY: “They played pretty well together before, Greener and Jack. That’s probably the way we’ll lead. I don’t want to say definitely, but that’s probably the way we will go.”
That means Peter Harrold would be a healthy scratch, but Murray today once again referenced Harrold’s “utility” ability. Asked if the Kings might promote a forward to take Alexei Ponikarovsky’s lineup spot in the short term, Murray said he felt comfortable and noted that Harrold can also play forward, as he did last season.