Matt Greene will draw into the lineup for Willie Mitchell, who did not return to Game 5 after suffering an injury during what appeared to be an awkward fall in the second period while killing a two-man advantage.
Darryl Sutter confirmed the lineup adjustment following the team’s morning skate, which Mitchell did not take part in.
“Obviously he’s not playing tonight,” the Kings coach said. “Hopefully there’s a chance that if there’s some sort of miracle that we can win tonight, that we could get him back again this year.”
Greene, who was a minus-four in Los Angeles’ Game 2 loss, skated alongside Alec Martinez, his defensive partner from the 2012 Stanley Cup run.
“You’ve got to keep yourself ready, and that’s it,” said Greene. “Just be ready to go on when called upon, and this is nothing different, so just be ready to go.”
Jeff Schultz, whose recall was made official earlier on Wednesday, took part in the morning skate but is not expected to play tonight.
Sutter clarified what Greene will be able to provide for the Kings in this winner-take-all game, saying that the veteran defenseman brings “a lot of what Willie brings, except he shoots right.”
Line rushes at the morning skate:
Gaborik – Kopitar – Brown
Pearson – Carter – Toffoli
King – Stoll – Williams
Clifford – Richards – Lewis
Muzzin – Doughty
Regehr – Voynov
Martinez – Greene
Tonight’s referees are Dave Jackson and Dan O’Rourke. The linesmen are Brian Murphy and Jonny Murray.