The Kings returned to the ice on Wednesday after an off day yesterday. During the off day, the Kings held their annual Team Halloween party. All indications are that Tom Preissing and his wife Danielle, who is expecting, had the best costumes on the team dressing as Juno and Paulie from the movie Juno.
Terry Murray Interview
O’SULLIVAN BACK TO THE TOP LINE
Today at practice, Head coach Terry Murray shook up the line combinations, promoting Patrick O’Sullivan to the top line with Dustin Brown
and Anze Kopitar
, a line that experienced a tremendous amount of success last season.
“I decided to make a change on the lines,” Murray said. “I put Sully up with Kopi and Brownie. I want to give him a better opportunity to play with those guys more on a regular basis. He is out there on the power play but I want to see how it all goes with the five-on-five play. He was out there last year and had great success. Let’s bring it together and see where this thing goes.
“I am hoping it brings his best out and shows good chemistry on the line.”
O’Sullivan is also looking forward to playing with Kopitar and Brown again.
“We have a lot of chemistry and have been successful together,” he said. “It is something we can go back to. I am excited. They are the top guys on this team and we are close off the ice as well.
“It should be fun tomorrow.” CALDER TO THE SECOND
With O’Sullivan returning to the top line, Kyle Calder was bumped from the top to the second line. Calder played in three games with Kopitar and Brown, scoring 1-1=2 with a +2 rating since joining the Kings No. 1 line.
“I like what Calder did with Kopi’s line,” Murray said. “He scored a good goal the other night going to the net. That is his game.
“The kind of game that Calder plays can fit on most lines.”
Calder will play with Jarret Stoll
and Oscar Moller. Possible lines
. A RETOOLED FOURTH LINE
Those were not the only changes. Derek Armstrong will return to his natural center position on the fourth line. The fourth line, which has been composed of Brian Boyle, Raitis Ivanans, Brad Richardson
and Armstrong, have combined to score 0-2=2 with a minus -13 rating.
“I show up to the rink and I play where they tell me to play,” Armstrong said. “There is more skating and I get the puck more, but not too much different than on the wing."
In addition, Matt Moulson, who has been a healthy scratch the past three games, will return to the lineup at right wing with Ivanans on the left.
“Moulson has been working hard and I am going to get him back in there,” Murray said. “I am going to put him on the right side. It is not a position that he is real familiar with.
“We had a discussion, he knows what I am looking for him” ZEILER ALMOST READY
John Zeiler, who has been on injured reserve for the entire season due to a groin injury suffered in training camp, has been skating with the team and all indications is he is ready to return to the ice. The question is, where?
“Zeiler is closer to getting some ice time. He has the green light from the medical side of things. We have to decide as an organization if it is best for him to get started with the Kings or is it best for him to go play some games, missing as many games as he has.”
A move like this would be similar to a rehab assignment in Major League Baseball, where a player returns to the minor leagues to get some game action before returning to the lineup. MOLLER PENALTY SHOT
During the Kings 4-3 SO loss to Detroit on Monday, Brown and Moller took the first two shots of the shootout attempt with both unable to convert and Detroit scoring on both of their attempts for a 2-0 shootout win. With the scoring ability and talent of Kopitar, O’Sullivan, and Frolov also available to him, Murray’s decision to go with Moller shows the coach’s utmost confidence in the rookie.
“Moller gets an opportunity in the shootout because he is a skill player,” Murray said. “He has put some points up, he scored some goals and he has great hands and great vision.
“With the shootouts that we have run in practice and the skill drills that we run after practice, Moller has been one of the more skilled players around the net. He is a very confident guy and he had scored a goal earlier in the game. We hoped he could do another one in the shootout situation, but it did not work out, but he is as certainly deserving as anyone else.” TRADE DEADLINE SET
Per an agreement between the National Hockey League and NHL Players' Association, the 2008-09 trade deadline will be 3 p.m. ET on Wednesday, March 4, 2009.