-I’m not going to make a consistent habit of reporting on lines until we get deeper into the preseason or if there are changes to previously established lines that appear to be taking shape. That said, the forward lines in Saturday’s scrimmage – a 1-0 win by Black over White – were mostly fluid. The defensive pairings did not change as much.
-It looks like I missed a White pairing, as they were on the opposite end of the rink. These pairings reveal potential alignments for Sunday’s split squad games against Phoenix and little else. Level of attention that should be given: 2.
-With Dustin Brown nursing a hamstring, Tyler Toffoli opened the game as the left wing on Anze Kopitar’s line opposite Justin Williams.
-Black’s only goal came on a quick, low snapper from the right circle by Matt Frattin on Ben Scrivens. It was on the opposite end of the rink, and it was difficult to determine how the play developed. That said, Frattin was dangerous for much of the game and had a quality look several minutes prior when he received a pass in the left circle and snapped a shot off Jonathan Quick’s glove and out of play.
-Jordan Weal continued to impress with his speed and tenacity. Odds are against the diminutive winger suiting up for the Kings in the regular season, but he had two good looks for White on one shift late in the game. The two scoring chances arose when he created a turnover on a Black breakout.
Darryl Sutter, on Jordan Weal: “I’ve seen him in junior, and he’s come a long way from being a junior player. So he’s a well trained little guy, and he deserves to play in a preseason game.”
-Controversy ensued at the end of the game in a humorous moment as Alec Martinez had an apparent game-tying goal waved off with seconds remaining. The defenseman received a pass at the top of the right circle before his wristshot was knocked down by Patrik Bartosak. It didn’t sound as though the whistle blew, but when Martinez banged in his rebound, the goal was disallowed following a brief officials conference as it was determined that there was an intention by the referee to blow the whistle. The competitive Daniel Carcillo was lobbying on behalf of his team to no avail as the media congregated in the corner pointed at the net to signal goal. The game ended in Black’s favor.