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At the Rink blog

Kings turn to Bernier for second of back-to-backs

Tuesday, 02.28.2012 / 1:42 PM

By Dan Myers - NHL.com Correspondent / At the Rink blog

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Kings turn to Bernier for second of back-to-backs
ST. PAUL -- Expect few changes for the Los Angeles Kings from last night's 2-1 loss in Nashville. Jonathan Bernier will get the nod in goal tonight against the Minnesota Wild.

Kings coach Darryl Sutter said he's been impressed with the ability Jeff Carter has brought since his acquisition from the Columbus Blue Jackets last week.

"He's had lots of good opportunities, hit a post last night, had two or three good ones the night before," Sutter said. "I think the big adjustment for him is going to be pace of play."

Tonight's contest features two of the League's lowest-scoring teams. All of which means tonight's game will likely be a high-scoring shootout -- that's typically how it turns out anyways, especially this time of year when expectations can change on a nightly basis.

"We had enough chances last night, that's for sure," Sutter said. "Probably had more chances last night than we did in the Chicago game (a 4-0 Kings win last Saturday)."

On the injury front, the Kings came out of the game last night fine and are expected to put out the same lineup.

"Playing last night, we have some bumps and bruises but nothing holding anyone out," Sutter said.

Here's tonight's projected lineup for the Kings:

Dustin Brown - Anze Kopitar - Justin Williams
Dwight King - Mike Richards - Jeff Carter
Dustin Penner - Jarret Stoll - Trevor Lewis
Kyle Clifford - Colin Fraser - Jordan Nolan

Rob Scuderi - Drew Doughty
Willie Mitchell - Slava Voynov
Alec Martinez - Matt Greene

Jonathan Bernier
Jonathan Quick
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You don't see many. The [Drew] Doughtys, the [P.K.] Subbans, those are guys that create offense from the back and then on top of that ability, the size that he has. In the West you play against some pretty big players, and being able to clear the crease and contain the [Ryan] Getzlafs and the [Corey] Perrys and [Anze] Kopitars and players like that, we're excited about him going back there.

— Sharks general manager Doug Wilson on Brent Burns returning back to defense