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Kings' Brown switched to right wing

Thursday, 01.30.2014 / 3:44 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  / 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

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Kings' Brown switched to right wing

Los Angeles Kings captain Dustin Brown doesn't have a goal or a point in his past eight games. In a move to change his fortunes Brown was shifted from left wing to the right side at the Kings' morning skate Thursday.

Brown's last goal was Jan. 13 when he scored the winner against the Vancouver Canucks. Since then the Kings are 2-5-1, and their offense has slipped precipitously. They've scored 13 goals in that eight-game stretch and have one goal or fewer in four straight.

The Penguins held an optional skate Thursday, so predicting the lineup is difficult. However, the Penguins have won three of their past four, including a 3-0 defeat of the Buffalo Sabres on Monday, so it's likely coach Dan Bylsma keeps the same lineup.

There will be one change, however, as Jeff Zatkoff will start in goal. Zatkoff was selected by the Kings in the third round (No. 74) of the 2006 NHL Draft.

Here are the projected lineups for both teams:

PENGUINS

Chris Kunitz - Sidney Crosby - Tanner Glass

James Neal - Evgeni Malkin - Jussi Jokinen

Brian Gibbons - Brandon Sutter - Jayson Megna

Taylor Pyatt - Craig Adams - Deryk Engelland

Paul Martin - Brooks Orpik

Rob Scuderi - Kris Letang

Matt Niskanen - Olli Maatta

Jeff Zatkoff

Marc-Andre Fleury

Scratched: Robert Bortuzzo, Andrew Ebbett, Chuck Kobasew

Injured: Tomas Vokoun (blood clot), Beau Bennett (wrist), Pascal Dupuis (knee), Chris Conner (hand), Joe Vitale (wrist)

KINGS

Dwight King - Anze Kopitar - Jeff Carter

Trevor Lewis - Mike Richards - Justin Williams

Kyle Clifford - Jarret Stoll - Dustin Brown

Jordan Nolan - Colin Fraser - Tyler Toffoli

Jake Muzzin - Drew Doughty

Robyn Regehr - Slava Voynov

Willie Mitchell - Matt Greene

Jonathan Quick

Martin Jones

Scratched: Matt Frattin, Jeff Schultz

Injured: Alec Martinez (elbow)

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