It seems likely that the Kings will play tomorrow the way they practiced today, with Oscar Moller moving into a right-wing role alongside Alexander Frolov and Michal Handzus, and Brandon Segal going into the fourth-line mix with Jarret Stoll, Raitis Ivanans and Teddy Purcell.
Terry Murray had moved Segal up when Murray was looking to shake things up a few games ago, but the combination of Moller’s strong play of late and a bit of concern about Segal’s play led Murray to make the switch today. Here’s what Murray said about the move…
MURRAY: “I thought Seegs played pretty well last night, but we discussed it a little bit today, with the review and on the ice. There are areas of the game that he’s very effective in sometimes, and then other games, like last night, he’s doing most of it right, but not quite getting it stopped up on the forecheck. Puck possession is not established, and we’ve got to go back on tracking back to our end and start over again.
“I think that part of the game can become frustrating for a line, and I need better results, when everything else is being done right to get the puck in deep in the offensive zone, to come up with it, to get it stopped, to get it stalled, to get puck possession, to get support there for yourself.
“I thought that he was just missing out on it last night, so I’m hoping that with Oscar bringing the skill and that same attitude that all the big guys bring — he’s in there — that we can get some success on the cycle and maybe more quality chances on net.”