Los Angeles Kings
coach Darryl Sutter
didn't sound overly impressed with Dustin Penner
, who scored the winner late in Game 1 against the Canucks on Wednesday.
So the chances of Penner being back up on the second line with Mike Richards
and Jeff Carter
to start Game 2 of Western Conference Quarterfinals on Friday night may be slim. Penner’s promotion had more to do with a rotation that started when forward Kyle Clifford
was knocked out of the game, so don’t be surprised if rookie Dwight King
is there with Penner back on the third line.
Sutter made it clear he needs more from the big, enigmatic Penner.
“He can be a whole lot better for all three periods,” Sutter said of Penner, who only scored seven goals in the regular season. “We’re talking about him because he scored one goal. If it’s just about scoring I don’t think we’re going to beat this team 5-4 or 6-5. You have to be very good 200 feet, everywhere on the ice.”
Sutter did confirm forward Andrei Loktionov
, who was called up from the American Hockey League when Brad Richardson
needed an appendectomy Monday, would go in for Clifford. Clifford didn't play after having his head driven into the boards by Byron Bitz
in Game 1. Bitz was given a two-game suspension Thursday.
“He’s pretty familiar with everything he needs to do," Sutter said of Loktionov, who played 39 games with the Kings this season, but will be making his NHL playoff debut. "He's pretty familiar with the players. The players are pretty familiar with him. He's pretty familiar with the system. He gives us some versatility.”
With the Canucks making changes in their lineup – Andrew Ebbett
in for Bitz and defenseman Keith Ballard
returning after missing two months with a concussion – and talking about needing to improve their discipline, their battle level and their power play, Sutter was asked what the Kings need to adjust.
Los Angeles outshot Vancouver 39-26 in Game 1, including a decisive 29-14 edge through 40 minutes, so maybe there’s not much to change.
“They don’t give up many opportunities five-on-five so you gotta to finish,” Sutter said. “I don't think you coach that. If you are creating your opportunities, you worked for your opportunities so the next part is reward your work.”
Here are the rest of the expected lines for the Kings in Game 2:
- Anze Kopitar
- Justin Williams
- Mike Richards
- Jeff Carter
- Jarret Stoll
- Trevor Lewis
- Colin Fraser
- Jordan Nolan
- Drew Doughty
- Slava Voynov
- Alec Martinez
is back in goal, with Jonathan Bernier