As noted earlier, the Kings are expected to go with the same lineup tomorrow against Detroit, including Brad Richardson as the third-line right winger in place of Trent Hunter. I asked Terry Murray today whether he had contemplated any changes…
MURRAY: “I’m always going through that, I guess. It starts right after the game. You’re on the bus, you’re coming back and you’re thinking about what’s in front of you. But at the end of the day, I’m staying the same.’’
That means another chance for Richardson, although his leash would seem to be short. Richardson was a healthy scratch from the previous game and hasn’t recorded a point since he had an assist in the season opener against the New York Rangers.
MURRAY: “Brad is a high-energy player. He’s got a lot of speed, a lot of quickness. He can get on pucks. He can back defensemen off. That opens up space underneath for other players. I wish he would find a way to get to the back of the net. He’s had several great looks here in the last few games, and he just hasn’t been able to score. And I need that from him. He’s in a situation, on the third line, where you have to have secondary scoring. There has to be some result for all that hard work, just for his own sake. Now you start to play with your own mind, if you’re pushing it and doing everything you think you can in order to be an effective player for the team but you get no results on the score sheet. For him, I think it can effect him, and I hope he gets through it. I hope he can find a way here, soon, to be able to get that part of it done.’’