EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- Two straight one-goal losses have prompted the Los Angeles Kings to tweak their lineup.
It appears that defenseman Matt Greene will be inserted Monday against the Phoenix Coyotes (10:30 p.m. ET, NHLN-CA). Greene came off with the regulars at the morning skate while defenseman Jake Muzzin stayed out as an extra with captain Dustin Brown, although Muzzin took rushes with usual partner Drew Doughty and others.
Greene has been scratched in eight straight games and last played Feb. 26 as coach Darryl Sutter opted for the more offensive-minded Alec Martinez. Greene would give Los Angeles another physical element and another player to use on the penalty kill.
It also appears that Brown will miss a second straight game because of illness and a lower-body injury. Brown's reduced time on the penalty kill has left the Kings distributing that time to other players, including forward Tyler Toffoli.
"Me and Tanner [Pearson, forward] killed last year and I think we're smart enough guys to know what we're supposed to do and the position that we're supposed to be in," Toffoli said. "We've got to make sure we don't get caught cheating or taking a little short cut. You've got to make you're in the right spot all the time so you can be out there in other situations during the game."
The Coyotes, who skated Monday at Staples Center in Los Angeles, can move past the idle Dallas Stars for the second Western Conference wild-card spot in the Stanley Cup Playoffs by picking up at least one point.
Here are the expected lineups for both teams:
Injured: Dustin Brown (illness/lower body)
Scratched: Jake Muzzin