Nothing new for Richardson
Maybe it will work better this time… Last season, Teddy Purcell was the first Kings player to start at least one game on each of the four lines. It didn’t turn out so well, as Purcell got traded to Tampa Bay at the deadline. Tonight, Brad Richardson becomes the inaugural member of the “Four Lines” club when he starts on the third line with center Michal Handzus and right winger Wayne Simmonds. There shouldn’t be much of a transition, because Richardson has basically played with everyone on the team during his three seasons with the Kings, and in the past Richardson has seemed to have particular chemistry with Simmonds. Still, Terry Murray said he wouldn’t be surprised if there’s a bit of an adjustment period for Richardson, who replaces Alexei Ponikarovsky (broken finger).
MURRAY: “I think the adjustment, it would probably take a little bit of time. I never went through it as a player, to different positions like that, so you probably have to take some time reflecting on it, sure. I think it will come back quickly. They have played together in the past, so I think it will fall into place pretty fast.”