LOS ANGELES -- Kyle Clifford
will stay in the lineup for the Los Angeles Kings
for Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals on Thursday at Staples Center ( 9 p.m. ET, NBCSN, TSN, RDS).
remained in Canada for a family matter, although he was expected to return in the afternoon, Kings coach Darryl Sutter
said. However, he said Clifford will play.
Clifford didn't know he would play in Game 2 until a few hours before the game. He said it wasn't too much of an adjustment even though he had not played since Game 1 of the first round, April 11.
"Definitely the emotions were there, so it was fun," Clifford said.
Clifford will play left wing on the fourth line again, with Brad Richardson
at center and rookie Jordan Nolan
on the right side when L.A. attempts to take a 3-0 series lead on the Phoenix Coyotes
"I think your adrenaline carries you most of the way," Clifford said. "We're a high-energy line so we've just got to get pucks in, finish checks and keep it simple."