The Kings recently returned from the morning skate at the American Airlines Center. Among today’s developments:
-Jonathan Quick left the ice first, indicating he has been tabbed as tonight’s starter. Not a big surprise, that.
-Darryl Sutter confirmed that Dustin Penner will return to the lineup. He should see the majority of his ice time as a left wing alongside Mike Richards and Jeff Carter.
-Judging from this morning’s line rushes, Brad Richardson will center a line with Kyle Clifford to his left and Jordan Nolan to his right. Richardson has provided quality energy – and a goal in Dallas – since his return to the lineup, and was Sutter’s choice to remain in with Penner’s activation. Barring any changes, tonight’s scratches will be Colin Fraser, Tyler Toffoli and Alec Martinez.
-An stick tap goes to Twitter follower @Erizzle05, who advised me to take a look at Jeff Carter’s numbers in wins versus losses. Any player is realistically bound to have much stronger numbers in wins, but the discrepancy in Carter’s stats was quite wide. In Los Angeles’ 22 wins, Carter has 23 points (19-4=23, plus-14). In the 17 games lost either in regulation or a shootout, Carter has five points (4-1=5, minus-11).
-Some quality quotes from Penner and Sutter will follow.