After suffering a 4-3 defeat to the Avalanche on Monday night and then not practicing as the Kings participated in the 2008 Bud Light Golf Tournament on Tuesday, the Kings returned to the ice for practice at 11 a.m at Toyota Sports Center with a possible line up change…
CALDER IN, MOULSON OUT?
Kyle Calder, who appeared in the Kings Season Opening 3-1 loss at San Jose (line up), where he skated on a line with Michal Handzus and Wayne Simmonds going scoreless in 10:04 - and has been a healthy scratch in the four games since – was skating on the Kings top line with Anze Kopitar and Dustin Brown at practice today.
"Calder has been out for four games and I talked to him about maybe there being a lack of jump in his legs," Head Coach Terry Murray said. "You see it with races, with puck battles, with front of the net positioning, and those are things he is noted for. It has to be there.
"I talked about it and what we have seen at every practice since is that he has some good jump back in his legs and it is time to get back out there."
Calder most likely will replace Matt Moulson skating on the Kings No. 1 line at St. Louis on Friday. Moulson has skated on the Kings top line for the first five games of the season, scoring 1-0-1 with a minus-3 rating. His goal was the game winner vs. Anaheim on Oct. 14.
"I need more from [Moulson] on that line. He came out of training camp with a real good camp and I feel as though the last three games has tailed off a bit," Murray said. "To play on that line you need to be consistent and give that effort and performance every night."
Moulson was grouped with Brian Boyle and John Zeiler, who is recovering from his groin injury. All three are not expected to play on Friday.
HARROLD IN PREISSING OUT?
Another possible lineup change could come on the blueline, where Peter Harrold could return to the lineup and bump Tom Preissing out of his defensive pairing with Denis Gauthier.
"I am probably going to get [Harrold] in. He played the one game only and I liked a lot of what he showed me in training camp. It is tough to jump in play in just the one game and do the things you do best. He is a young guy just getting his feet wet too. In the second half of that game, he played very well.
"It is time for him to get an opportunity again."
Murray told the media today about his conversation with Preissing regarding the change.
"I talked to Tom and I told him I was not happy with his game on Monday and he wasn’t happy either. Tom is a veteran guy and I expect a lot from my veteran players. The kind of plays and decisions he made with the puck were not good enough [vs. Colorado on Oct. 20].”
That would put the Kings Projected lineup vs. St. Louis to look like this.
BROWN, GAUTHIER TOP-10 HITS OF THE WEEK
If the late Chris Farley was interviewing Dustin Brown, it might go like this:
CF: "You remember that time when you unloaded on Samuel Pahlsson?"
CF: "That was awesome."
The obvious reference to the character Farley portrayed on "The Chris Farley Show" on Saturday Night live aside, both Brownie and Gauthier made NHL.com's Hits of the Week, as Brown’s hit on Pahlsson was ranked No. 3 and Gauthier’s hit vs. Carolina was ranked No. 7.
NHL.com's Hits of the Week
THE CASE OF THE MISSING PUCK?
Oscar Moller and Drew Doughty both scored their first NHL goals on Monday vs. Colorado.
When asked if he has the puck in his locker, Moller responded:
“I haven’t seen it yet. Maybe a trainer has it. I am getting a little worried.”
SPEAKING OF FIRST GOALS…
According to Elias Sports Bureau, Monday was not the first time that the Kings had two players score their first NHL goals in the same game…in fact, it has happened quite a few times, the last being 19 years ago on Oct. 8, 1989 Craig Duncanson and Mikael Lindholm tallied their first NHL goal of their careers in a 5-0 win over the Detroit Red Wings.
BUD LIGHT GOLF TOURNEY RAISES 150K
The LOS ANGELES KINGS BUD LIGHT GOLF TOURNAMENT, which was held yesterday at the Industry Hills Golf Club at Pacific Palms Conference Resort in City of Industry, raised $150,000 the Kings announced today. The Tournament featured Kings players, coaches, executives, alumni and broadcasters...more
METAL ICE CREW MEMBER OF THE DAY
LAKings.com will introduce a METAL Ice Crew Member a day over the next 10 days till fans have had a chance to meet them all.
Today we feature the lovely Brooke.