Left-wing options remain open
Depending on how things go in the next few days, there might be a lot of movable parts for the Kings at left wing. Dustin Brown seems set on the first line. Today in practice, Darryl Sutter stayed with what he used near the end of Game 5 against Vancouver, with Dustin Penner as the second-line left winger alongside Mike Richards and Jeff Carter, and with Dwight King as the third-line left winger alongside Jarret Stoll and Trevor Lewis. Brad Richardson remained on the fourth line, and the wild card is Kyle Clifford, who has been out since Game 1 while recovering from a concussion.
Clifford did some post-practice conditioning skating today, but until/unless Clifford gets into a couple full-team practices, he won’t play. If he is able to play, it would be interesting to see what Sutter does. Richardson looked strong in Games 4 and 5. King’s size could be a bonus against the Blues but he has struggled to keep up with playoff pace at times. Penner, throughout the season, has proven himself to be a wild card. If Penner can hold down a spot on the second line — a big if — might Sutter move Richardson to the third line? Sutter didn’t commit to anything today.
SUTTER: “We’ve got to continue to move around. We’re lucky that we’ve got guys who can play everywhere. … We keep trying to find stuff that will work. We did it in Vancouver.”