Trevor Lewis, a healthy scratch in five of the Kings’ nine games — including Monday’s game at Dallas — will be back in the lineup tonight in some form, perhaps even as the top-line right wing. In four games, mostly on the fourth line, Lewis has yet to record a point and has a minus-2 rating. Before Monday’s game, Terry Murray said he had been displeased with Lewis’ game, and this morning he elaborated and talked about what he expects from Lewis tonight.
MURRAY: “Yesterday’s practice was pretty good, from the work side of it, from everybody. What I need from him is to use his best asset, and that’s the speed, the skating ability, the tenacity on the puck, strong on the puck. There have been games that he has played extremely well with the puck pursuit and on the forecheck, especially, and good things will happen whenever you get in there first, to either get a forecheck going as F1 and create a loose puck, or you’re coming in as the second guy to grab the puck and use his speed and quickness to get out of there and make a play.
“So the conversation, we had that, and he’s going to have to continually work at it. If he’s in on the top line here tonight, that’s going to be a big part of his game.”