October 3 morning skate notes - LA Kings Insider

Good afternoon from Frozen Fury. Who got the least amount of sleep among us last night?

Lines and pairings shown at this morning’s skate:

Lucic-Kopitar-Gaborik
Mersch-Carter-Toffoli
King-Shore-Brown
Clifford-Lewis-Nolan
Pearson-Andreoff-Weal-O’Neill

Forbort-Doughty
McNabb-Martinez
Schultz-Ehrhoff
LoVerde-McBain

-Tanner Pearson, Andy Andreoff, Jordan Weal, Brian O’Neill, Vincent LoVerde and Jamie McBain remained on the ice for extra work with Matt Greene and Jake Muzzin. A good conditioning skate was enjoyed experienced by all.

-Expect Jonathan Quick to start in net.

-The Avs are 1-3-1 in the preseason and have scored only five goals, with Nick Holden, Tyson Barrie, Jack Skille, Alex Tanguay and Mikko Rantanen each potting one. After recent cuts, the Colorado roster appears to be taking shape. From Avalanche.com:

While the Avs’ lineup is still fluid with a week’s worth of contests and practices still to take place before the season opener on Oct. 8, it appears as if the blue line corps will consist of Tyson Barrie, Francois Beauchemin, Brandon Gormley, Nate Guenin, Nick Holden, Erik Johnson, Brad Stuart and Nikita Zadorov.

Beauchemin, Gormley and Zadorov are new additions to the club with the other five D-men returning from last year’s squad. Beauchemin (from free agency) and Zadorov (from a trade with Buffalo) joined the team earlier in the summer while Gormley was a late arrival, coming to Colorado after being acquired from Arizona a week before training camp began.

The 16 skaters battling for the 13 forward spots are still too close to call, but that competition could clear up rather quickly.

With center Jesse Winchester experiencing post-concussion symptoms and likely beginning the year on the injured-reserve list, the team may only have to release two more players instead of three. Jack Skille and Curtis Glencross are on PTOs and could be cut any time, while Dennis Everberg, Borna Rendulic and rookie Mikko Rantanen are also competing for spots.

-I spoke with Michael Mersch, Andy Andreoff and Nick Shore and will have a story up this afternoon on competition for the Kings’ final roster spots. Enjoy your Saturday, Insiders.