March 11, 2011 12:45 pm

Murray wants `presence’ against gritty Columbus

As noted earlier, Kevin Westgarth will go into the Kings’ lineup tonight in place of Brad Richardson. Terry Murray explained the move this morning, noting that he didn’t make it out of dissatisfaction with Richardson…

MURRAY: “Richie played well. I liked his game in Detroit, and we moved him up, in the latter part of the game, to be able to shut that game down. He did a good job for us. We need Westgarth’s presence. They’ve got a gritty lineup, and I just think that it’s important for us to counteract that and be able to make our guys feel comfortable to play the game.”

Murray also took (yet another) opportunity to explain his philosophy behind having an “enforcer” in the lineup regularly…

MURRAY: “When you’ve got hard teams that play against you, with physical play, it does take a little bit of that creativity, that attitude of holding onto the puck a little bit longer. We want our players to feel that they can go out and play the game, and play the way we need to play in order to win it.”

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