April 17, 2011 3:15 pm

With return of Stoll, Kings have options

Who will come out of the Kings’ lineup with the return of Jarret Stoll? Stoll will be a full participant in practice tomorrow and will return for Game 3 after his one-game suspension — “He’s right back in there,” Terry Murray said. “He’s a very important player for us, obviously, in all the special-teams play and that right-handed faceoff guy is a valuable player.” — but who will be scratched? The two obvious candidates both had strong efforts in Game 2. Oscar Moller was aggressive and set a screen that contributed to the Kings’ third goal, and Kevin Westgarth has been an effective skater and forechecker in the first two games of the series, as well as a physical presence in what has been a chippy series. It will be interesting to see the lines in practice tomorrow, but today, Murray was asked about Moller in particular and about the Kings’ ability to roll four lines in the playoffs…

MURRAY: “I liked his game. I talked about it last night in the coaches’ office with the group, and again on the plane last night, sitting there. I thought he played well. I moved him up (for) a couple shifts, and it was more because of (Trevor) Lewis’ penalty kill. He was getting a lot of intense minutes there, so it was just to back off on that. He [Moller] played with Smyth and Williams and did a really good job. His reads were right. He handled the puck. He had a lot of confidence in his game. I thought he was very good.”

MURRAY: “I think, at this time of year, four lines is very important, especially at the start of the series. I’ve always kind of gone that way, to get that look in there. Now when you have Kopitar out of the lineup, it’s even more important that you get some important minutes from your fourth line. With Ponikarovsky and Moller and Westgarth, who in the two games, he has done a tremendous job. Not only in his role, but just getting around the ice. He’s skating, he’s on the puck, he’s doing the right things with the puck. So the fourth line has been performing the right way, buying into the structure, to the system, and that gives me a lot of confidence to put them back out more often.”

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