Ponikarovsky ready (at even strength)
Alexei Ponikarovsky has made it through three days’ worth of practices and is ready to go tonight. After a month out of the lineup with a broken finger, Ponikarovsky will return for the Kings tonight on the third line with Michal Handzus and Wayne Simmonds. Still up for question is when Ponikarovsky will return to penalty-killing duty. He’s a strong defensive forward who had been part of the penalty-kill unit before his injury, but Terry Murray did not commit to immediately putting Ponikarovsky back on that unit.
MURRAY: “I’m going to watch that one closely, see how he’s doing in the first few shifts. I like our penalty killing, the way it’s set up right now. He will get back in, because he was a good penalty killer for us. Whether we use him tonight or not, I’m not sure, but he finished off, before the injury, as a big part of that.”