Tonight’s lineup

As expected, the Kings’ forwards will skate the way they practiced yesterday, and there will be no lineup changes on defense.

Smyth-Kopitar-Brown
Richardson-Stoll-Frolov
Modin-Handzus-Simmonds
Parse-Halpern-Clune

Here’s what Terry Murray said this morning about his new third and fourth lines…

(on the third line…)
MURRAY: “It’s that checking mentality there for me, matching up against probably Plekanec, maybe Gomez. We’ll see how it goes. They’re very responsible, big-bodied guys who, if they play well on the checking part of the game, will have possession of the puck. With their size and strength, I’m hoping they’ll be able to get some stuff accomplished in the offensive zone.”

(on the fourth line…)
MURRAY: “Just a comfortable line with a veteran center iceman who I feel as if I can leave him out there and not have to pull him off the ice if I see a mismatch situation. He’s able to make those adjustments and support.”

Also, just to follow up on Bob Miller, this will be only the 18th game he has missed since becoming the Kings’ play-by-play announcer in 1973. Bob hadn’t missed a game since 2002. Here’s the news release from the Kings, plus a interesting list of the team’s all-time broadcasters.

Rules for Blog Commenting

  • No profanity, slurs or other offensive language. Replacing letters with symbols does not turn expletives into non-expletives.
  • Personal attacks against other blog commenters, and/or blatant attempts to antagonize other comments, are not tolerated. Respectful disagreement is encouraged. Posts that continually express the same singular opinion will be deleted.
  • Comments that incite political, religious or similar debates will be deleted.
  • Please do not discuss, or post links to websites that illegally stream NHL games.
  • Posting under multiple user names is not allowed. Do not type in all caps. All violations are subject to comment deletion and/or banning of commenters, per the discretion of the blog administrator.