Lineup notes: Sutter leaning towards seven defensemen - LA Kings Insider

Asked if the team was “leaning towards” utilizing seven defensemen for the second consecutive game, Darryl Sutter offered a pithy response.

“Yep,” the Kings coach answered.

Seven defensemen dressed in the 3-2 loss to Nashville Saturday night, though there were varying degrees of usage.

Ice time totals from Saturday:

Drew Doughty – 26:58
Willie Mitchell – 20:25
Slava Voynov – 19:22
Robyn Regehr – 16:00
Matt Greene – 13:44
Jake Muzzin – 13:27
Alec Martinez – 10:26

Folowing the Kings’ morning skate on Monday at the United Center, Sutter explained the process of how seven defensemen are used.

“On the road it’s difficult. Five-on-five, that’s difficult,” he said. “What you’re doing, is you’ve got three or four guys that are supposed to be good penalty killers, and you’ve got two guys that are supposed to be good power play guys, so we just tried to use them more in that situation, and in that game, there wasn’t much. So, did it work? It didn’t. We lost.”

Of course, 10 days ago Sutter downplayed the idea of using seven defensemen, so don’t think of the projection of seven defensemen as a firm lock. If he does decide to go with six defensemen, Martinez would be the player to leave the lineup, based on his 10 minutes and 26 seconds of ice time in Saturday’s loss.

In other lineup news, Mike Richards and Jarret Stoll changed places, so tonight’s lineup could look something like this:

Dwight King – Anze Kopitar – Jeff Carter
Dustin Brown – Mike Richards – Justin Williams
Trevor Lewis – Jarret Stoll – Tyler Toffoli
Kyle Clifford – Jordan Nolan

Jake Muzzin – Drew Doughty
Robyn Regehr – Slava Voynov
Willie Mitchell – Matt Greene
Alec Martinez

Martin Jones
Ben Scrivens

If the Kings do return to six defensemen, Colin Fraser would center Clifford and Nolan, as indicated by this morning’s line rushes.

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Born: September 13, 1996
Birthplace: Kramfors, SWE
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Handedness: Left


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Born: August 24, 1987
Birthplace: Jesenice, SVN
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Handedness: Left


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Born: December 8, 1989
Birthplace: London, ON, CAN
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Handedness: Right


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Birthplace: London, ON, CAN
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Handedness: Right


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Birthplace: Milford, CT, USA
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Handedness: Left


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