January 1 morning skate notes

A very happy New Year to you, Insiders. The Kings were back to work this morning at Rogers Arena, where the first rotation through line rush-type-drills didn’t provide enough substance to confidently project tonight’s alignment.

And lo, line rushes soon followed. That 70’s Line enthusiasts, rejoice:

Gaborik – Kopitar – Williams
Pearson – Carter – Toffoli
Brown – Stoll – Lewis
Clifford – Richards – King

Muzzin – Doughty
McNabb – Greene
Schultz – Martinez



-It’s possible that there may be an adjustment on the back end. “Tonight we’ll make a decision,” Darryl Sutter said of the defense. “One of ’em’s banged up a little. Put em all in warm-ups, see how it goes.” Jordan Nolan remained on for extra work with Martin Jones, so Nolan appears to be out, while Jones is the projected back-up in net. Jonathan Quick left the ice first and is projected to start. Projections.

-From the other dressing room, the Canucks are expected to ice a forward group of D. Sedin – H. Sedin – Vrbata, Higgins – Bonino – Hansen, Matthias – Richardson – Vey, Burrows – Horvat – Dorsett. On defense, Dan Hamhuis is out with a lower-body injury.

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