October 3, 2011 7:30 pm

Movable parts on third, fourth lines

With his top-six forwards, Terry Murray returned today to where he started training camp, with Anze Kopitar centering Dustin Penner and Justin Williams, and with Mike Richards centering Simon Gagne and Dustin Brown. There was a change among the third and fourth lines as well, a change that actually started during the game at Anaheim on Friday night. Centers Jarret Stoll and Trevor Lewis flipped wingers, as Stoll picked up Brad Richardson and Trent Hunter while Lewis picked up Kyle Clifford and Ethan Moreau. Kevin Westgarth and, perhaps, Scott Parse, will also fit into this mix in a way that remains to be seen. After practice today, I asked Murray about his decision to swap the centers…

MURRAY: “I look at it the other way. I actually swapped the wingers. I think the line that I had together from the beginning of the training camp, with Clifford and Stoll, I was hoping that something good could happen by the end of the camp and that I would see a line that would be playing against the top lines of the opposition. But that might be pushing Cliffy a little bit too fast right now. I’m just going to back off his situation, and I’m going to put Richardson in there with Stoll now. I think Richie’s camp has been very good. He’s skating well. His game is in order. So the line with Richardson, Stoll and Hunter, right now, seems to be a line that would work good for me, and I’m going to go with that.’’

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