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Westgarth back in for Kings

Monday, 01.23.2012 / 3:47 PM

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

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Westgarth back in for Kings
EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- After using largely the same lineup for most of his tenure as Los Angeles Kings coach, Darryl Sutter will have one new wrinkle tonight.

Forward Kevin Westgarth, who has played just twice since Sutter became coach Dec. 20, will be inserted at right wing on the fourth line against the Ottawa Senators.

Sutter previously has gone with Trent Hunter in that spot, on a line with Colin Fraser and Kyle Clifford, because Hunter brings more offensive potential. But L.A. is coming off a disappointing loss to Colorado in which only its top line was a factor. The Kings have scored five goals in regulation the past four games.

"The fourth line has been sort of off on the energy part of it here, so we’ll see if we can give it a different look," Sutter said.

In his last game, Jan. 7, Westgarth played just two shifts, totaling 55 seconds. His last extended action was Dec. 26.

The Senators enter the game coming off a loss Saturday to the Anaheim Ducks. They haven't lost consecutive games in regulation since Nov. 9-11, but team history suggests that streak could be in jeopardy: The Senators have won just once in Los Angeles in franchise history (1-10-1). Their only win at L.A. was Jan. 11, 2000.

Here is what the lineups for the Kings and Senators likely will go with tonight:

Milan Michalek - Jason Spezza - Bobby Butler
Nick Foligno - Kyle Turris - Daniel Alfredsson
Colin Greening - Zack Smith - Chris Neil
Kaspars Daugavins - Zenon Konopka - Erik Condra

Filip Kuba - Erik Karlsson
Jared Cowen - Sergei Gonchar
Chris Phillips - Mark Borowiecki

Craig Anderson will start in goal, with Alex Auld the backup.

Dustin Brown - Anze Kopitar - Justin Williams
Dustin Penner - Mike Richards - Jarret Stoll
Brad Richardson - Andrei Loktionov - Trevor Lewis
Kyle Clifford - Colin Fraser - Kevin Westgarth

Drew Doughty - Rob Scuderi
Jack Johnson - Matt Greene
Willie Mitchell - Slava Voynov

Jonathan Quick will start in goal, with Jonathan Bernier the backup.
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