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Injuries force Loktionov, Voynov into Kings' lineup

Wednesday, 11.16.2011 / 3:57 PM

By Curtis Zupke - NHL.com Correspondent / At the Rink blog

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Injuries force Loktionov, Voynov into Kings' lineup
EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- Injuries have forced the Los Angeles Kings to make two tweaks to their lineup for Wednesday night.

Coach Terry Murray doesn't expect there to be much adjustment with the insertion of winger Andrei Loktionov on the second line and defenseman Slava Voynov.

Loktionov, the team's top forward prospect, didn't make the team out of training camp but he played 19 games with the big club last season. Voynov had a terrific camp and was up with the team earlier this season.

"They're going to give us some intense play," Murray said. "There's a point here now, being their third year of pro hockey, they're more understanding of what it is to playing the team game and just come out and play the right way also and get into a situation where you feel you have to do a whole lot to impress.

"It's an opportunity for them to show us they're ready to play in the NHL. If they take that attitude, it suits them best."

Murray switched up the defense pairings and reunited Drew Doughty with Jack Johnson. The two play together on the power play but only played together for a handful of games last season.

"We're somewhat familiar with each other from the power play, but five-on-five is going to be different," Doughty said. 

"I know we're both excited … I don't think there's a better defense pairing, really, in the League that can move the puck like both of us. It's going to be lot of fun."

Doughty also said he's past the shoulder injury that forced him to miss games earlier this season. Doughty helps get the Kings' dormant offense going, and he has 2 goals and 3 assists in his past five games.

"I feel good out there," he said. "(The injury) is not in the back of mind, for the most part. I feel healthy and ready to go."
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