Sutter mulls lineup changes - LA Kings Insider

Other than injury-related issues, Darryl Sutter has been rather consistent in terms of line combinations. Coming off consecutive 1-0 losses, is that about to change? After last night’s game, Sutter said he needed more from top players, and reiterated it again today when he said, “Kopi and Brownie are struggling. They’ve got to get to the area, that strong area, that area that’s hard to play in. They’ve got to get there and be going there, and then it will come for them.”

Does that mean a breakup for the first line of Brown, Kopitar and Justin Williams? With Jarret Stoll likely to return Tuesday, it would seem that some type of shake-up is in the cards, and Sutter also raised the idea of changes on defense to try to get the offense going. Is it re-arranging deck chairs on the Titanic, or can it make a difference?

SUTTER: “Hopefully we’ll get Brownie back to good health tomorrow, and then we’ve got to decide what we’re doing. If we get Stoll back in the lineup, we have to decide what we want to do. We put Marty [Alec Martinez] in for Slava, and then Drew [Davis Drewiske] in for Marty. Are we getting enough? We’re not scoring, so we’re not getting enough. The only guys who have generated anything together, on a consistent basis, are King and Richards, quite honestly. Lokti and Lewie [Trevor Lewis] have been pretty good together. It’s just finding that whole (package).”

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