Just what are the Kings missing with Jarret Stoll out of the lineup for Game 2 tonight? Well, Stoll played more than 22 minutes in Game 1, recorded two shots on goal and four hits and took 20 faceoffs (and won 13 of them). He was on the ice for more than half of the Kings’ power-play time and 1:42 of its four-minute penalty-kill time. Oscar Moller will replace Stoll in the lineup, and likely will also replace him on the power play, but Terry Murray freely acknowledged today that one person will not be able to make up for Stoll’s absence…
MURRAY: “Some guys might end up playing a little more than they have. Stoll is a big loss for us, because of his importance in all the situations, both special teams. But that’s the way it goes. The suspension has been handed down. I accept it. I agree with it. So we move on and we adjust and we play with what we’ve got.”
Murray was not in a fighting mood Saturday afternoon. Given another chance to crack the NHL for not suspending San Jose’s Jason Demers — on Friday, Murray called Demers’ hit on Ryan Smyth “five times more severe” than Stoll’s hit on Ian White — Murray declined.
MURRAY: “You know what? It’s time to turn the page. This is Game 2. Forget about it. The game is over. There was a lot of competitive atmosphere there. There was a lot of competitive play. It was a good game. This is now Game 2, and that’s the focus.”