Williams' status, etc.

Here’s what Terry Murray said today about Justin Williams, and the line situations. The Kings’ forwards skated today as follows today…


Question: Is Williams’ injury still a concern?

MURRAY: “No, I’m not concerned about Williams. It’s something that will probably keep him out for another couple of days, but it’s not a long-term issue.”

Question: Are you planning on playing Parse with Purcell and Stoll on that line?

MURRAY: “That’s what I’m thinking, yeah. He’s had a great start down in Manchester, the leading … point producer. You know, I didn’t give him an opportunity to play in an exhibition game, and he went down there and got fired up, and he’s kind of showing us that he deserves something better. He’ll get into the game tomorrow. I think he will end up where he was today in the practice, on the left side with Stoll and Purcell on the right side. We’re looking for scoring from other places. We’ll see how that works out.”

Question: Will Simmonds stay with the first line?

MURRAY: “I’ll leave Simmonds where he played last night, as long as Williams is out of the lineup. I thought he fit in very well. He complemented those guys with puck possession, tried to make plays, scored a tremendous goal. He’s a player that likes to hold on and make plays down deep. He cycles the puck very well, goes to the net and creates havoc in front of the net, and the line seemed to respond very well. Obviously with Kopitar getting the three goals and Ryan Smyth playing the kind of game that he did, there was a great effort when it was needed.”

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