It’s raining in Detroit today, but are the Kings putting away their umbrella? After today’s morning skate, Terry Murray indicated that the Kings will shake up their power play a bit tonight, going away from their traditional “umbrella” look and toward a style with more movement. It will be interesting to see how notable the changes are on the ice. After a 5-for-19 stretch on the power play, the Kings went 0-for-10 with the man advantage in their last two games. The Kings enter the game ranked 19th in the NHL in power-play efficiency, while Detroit ranks 16th in penalty-kill efficiency.
MURRAY: “We are changing it up, the one group with (Anze) Kopitar and (Drew) Doughty and Jack (Johnson). We’re going to change the setup in the offensive zone. I think you get to a point, sometimes, where change is very important. You get stale. You’re getting stationary, often, when you get so used to one setup. It’s a power-play look that I used years ago, when I was coaching in Florida. It’s a change. It gets the puck in different people’s hands. There’s more movement in it, and it gets you thinking. To me, with where we are right now, we’re a team that’s looking to make the automatic play all the time. You’ve got to get some thought back into it.”