Lineups: No changes for Kings; Ducks' options aplenty - LA Kings Insider

Though the Kings’ lineup is expected to remain the same from Games 2 and 3, there will be changes in Anaheim’s lineup.

With Matt Beleskey dealing with a lower-body injury, the forward who had been skating to the left of Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry will be replaced in the lineup by Daniel Winnik. While most teams would be hamstrung if a first line winger were to miss a key playoff game, Anaheim certainly has the depth to feel content with the options at hand – though Winnik is not expected to skate alongside Getzlaf and Perry.

“He’s obviously very comfortable and he hasn’t played that much lately, but he’s a player that takes care of himself very well off the ice,” Andrew Cogliano said of Winnik. “He’s always prepared to play and he’s a true professional. He knows how things go and how things can turn in a hurry. You know you have some injuries and he can come in and be a guy that creates a difference. He’ll be ready. He’s been ready the last little bit to play and it’s good to have him back in the lineup because he’s a strong presence in there.”

Winnik, a defensive forward who amassed six goals and 30 points in 76 regular season games, was held scoreless in five games in the Ducks’ first round series against the Dallas Stars.

Center Mathieu Perrault, who has two goals and four points in eight playoff games, will be a game-time decision tonight. Deemed “day-to-day” after Thursday’s game, Perreault also suffered a lower-body injury in Game 3. Rickard Rakell, who posted a goal and an assist in three games in the Dallas series, would dress if Perreault is unable to play tonight. Expect both to take the ice for warm-ups.

Having led the league with 263 non-shootout goals, Anaheim has relied on depth contributions that should mitigate the loss of key players such as Beleskey and Perreault, if the latter is unable to play.

“Guys carry the third and fourth lines with lots of production,” Cogliano said. “When you have to have scoring and you, have guys playing well throughout the lineup, it adds another element to the team and it can’t be any different tonight obviously.”

In goal, the Ducks have not named a starter, and for the second straight morning skate, both available goaltenders left the ice at relatively the same time. On Saturday, those goalies were Jonas Hiller, who earned the win in relief in Game 3, and John Gibson, who was summoned from AHL-Norfolk because of the lower-body injury suffered by Frederik Andersen on Thursday.

That the Ducks are keeping the Kings guessing on their starter means little to the dressing room down the hall.

“It doesn’t really change much. We approach our game the same way,” Dustin Brown said. “We’re assuming Hiller is going to start just because he’s been in playoff games and the experience of being in those games. We’ve seen all their goalies. We haven’t seen Gibson obviously, but I think we all know that he’s a good young goalie. We’re preparing to play Hiller tonight. Again, we’ve seen Andersen, Hiller all year long.”

Gibson was instrumental in Norfolk’s eight-over-one upset of Manchester in the first round of the AHL Playoffs.

“I have to say that our goalie was unbelievable,” said Sami Vatanen, who also participated in the series. “Gibson played three great games and won those games for us.”

“I don’t think that’s a big thing for him,” Vatanen said about a hypothetical Gibson start. “He’s a mentally tough guy and he’ll just do his own thing and he’s been pretty confident right now. He stopped their many pucks. It’s the same thing. He goes in to do what he can.”

With help from Eric Stephens and Curtis Zupke, Anaheim could ice the following lineup:

Maroon – Getzlaf – Perry
Winnik – Koivu – Cogliano
Silfverberg – Bonino – Selanne
Smith-Pelly – Rakell – Palmieri

Fowler – Lovejoy
Lindholm – Beauchemin
Allen – Vatanen


For the Kings, no changes are expected.

Gaborik – Kopitar – Brown
Pearson – Carter – Toffoli
King – Stoll – Williams
Clifford – Richards – Lewis

Muzzin – Doughty
Schultz – Voynov
Martinez – Greene


Jake Muzzin

#6 | 6′ 3″ | 216 lb | Age: 27

Born: Feb 21, 1989
Birthplace: Woodstock, ON, CAN
Position: D
Handedness: Left


Muzzin was drafted in 2007 by the Pittsburgh Penguins, before signing to the Kings in 2010. He has since become the first Woodstock, Ontario professional athlete to win a major sports trophy.

Anze Kopitar

#11 | 6′ 3″ | 224 lb | Age: 29

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


As the 11th overall pick in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft, Kopitar became the first Slovenian to play in the NHL. Kopitar has spent his entire NHL career with the Kings, and following the 2015–16 season, was named the Kings’ captain. Noted for both his offensive and defensive play, Kopitar was awarded the Frank J. Selke Trophy as the best defensive forward in the NHL in 2016.

Drew Doughty

#8 | 6′ 1″ | 195 lb | Age: 26

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


Bio: Doughty is a Canadian defenceman who was selected second overall by the Kings in the 2008 Draft. Doughty made his NHL debut in 2008 as an 18-year-old and was named to the All-Rookie Team. He is a two-time Stanley Cup champion with the Kings, a two-time Olympic gold medallist with the Canadian national team, and a Norris Trophy finalist.

Tyler Toffoli

#73 | 6′ 1″ | 200 lb | Age: 24

Born: April 24, 1992
Birthplace: Scarborough, ON, CAN
Position: C
Handedness: Right


Toffoli is a Canadian professional ice hockey forward, drafted by the Kings in the second round of the 2010 Draft. Toffoli scored his first career NHL goal in his second game in a 4–0 victory over the Phoenix Coyotes in 2013. He was also named the 2012–13 AHL All-Rookie Team.

Jeff Carter

#77 | 6′ 4″ | 215 lb | Age: 31

Born: January 1, 1985
Birthplace: London, ON, CAN
Position: C
Handedness: Right


Carter began his hockey career playing in the Ontario Hockey League in Canada before joining the AHL and playing for the Philadelphia Flyers. He was then traded to the Colombus Blue jackets before joining the LA Kings in 2012, where he has since won two Stanley Cups with the Kings.

Jonathan Quick

#32 | 6′ 1″ | 218 lb | Age: 30

Born: January 21, 1986
Birthplace: Milford, CT, USA
Position: G
Handedness: Left


Bio: Quick is the current goaltender for the LA Kings and was selected by Los Angeles at the 2005 NHL Entry Draft. Previously, Quick was a silver medalist with USA at the 2010 Winter Olympics. He’s won two Stanley Cup championships with the Kings, along with being the most recent goaltender to be awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy as the Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the 2012 Stanley Cup playoffs.