Tonight’s Kings lineup will include five players who didn’t play for them on opening night on Oct. 3. Of course, that’s admittedly deceiving, since it includes Sean O’Donnell, who was simply serving a two-game suspension, but the Kings have also added Randy Jones, Andrei Loktionov, Scott Parse and Brandon Segal since the start of the season.
Of course, the Kings won’t catch much sympathy from the Edmonton Oilers, who currently have six players on injured reserve. The Kings have one, Ryan Smyth, although Rob Scuderi and Jarret Stoll will miss tonight’s game. Here’s what Terry Murray said this morning about their status.
MURRAY: “They got a good, hard workout, and I’ll get a feel for it after the practice, or maybe tonight or tomorrow morning, whether we’re going to make a move for the Vancouver game.”
As has already been discussed, Teddy Purcell will skate on the first line with Anze Kopitar and Justin Williams. Here’s what Murray said about his expectations for Purcell…
MURRAY: “I expect Teddy Purcell to play pretty well on the top line. He’s a skilled player. He sees the ice and can be creative. I think that his game has been coming back to a higher level over the last week. And he needs to give us some offense. It’s been quite a while since he’s been able to get some results, so it’s a great opportunity.”