The Kings will go with the same six-man personnel on defense tonight, but the players will get moved around a bit, as the Kings go back to a look closer to the one they started this season with. Drew Doughty pairs with Willie Mitchell, while Jack Johnson pairs with Rob Scuderi and Alec Martinez pairs with Matt Greene. The change, according to Terry Murray, was motivated by a desire to get Mitchell back to the left side, his natural spot on the ice. Mitchell had moved to the right side two weeks ago, when he returned from his injury and paired with Johnson.
MURRAY: “He has played on the left side for pretty much his whole career. He’s been great, to make the adjustment to the right side. We just feel that getting back to his position, that he’s had real good success at as a pro, would be good, so he’s going to end up with Doughty tonight.”