Kings coach Terry Murray didn’t like what he saw from Scott Parse
in training camp. Now, Parse gets a second chance to prove that he belongs in the NHL.
Parse, called up from Manchester of the American Hockey League on Friday to replace injured winger Justin Williams, will make his NHL debut tonight at left wing on a line with center Jarret Stoll and Teddy Purcell, who moves to his natural right wing.
A sixth-round draft pick of the Kings in 2004, Parse, 25, led the Monarchs in points (11) and assists (nine) this season. That hot start came after Parse struggled in camp, in Murray’s eyes, and didn’t play in an exhibition game before being sent down.
"I’m hoping that he’s out to prove that we might a wrong decision," Murray said. "Sometimes that’s a lot of motivation for a player. He didn’t get an exhibition game and he got sent down. He gets things on a roll down there, with a lot of confidence, and the attitude sometimes is, `I’ll show that organization that I’m a good hockey player.’ I hope he brings that attitude tonight."
Williams missed a second consecutive game with an undisclosed lower-body injury, which he suffered at Thursday’s morning skate. Murray said Williams is questionable for Sunday’s game against Columbus but would play Wednesday at San Jose.
Mancehster goalie Jonathan Bernier, who made 40 saves in a shutout of Bridgeport on Friday night, suffered a wrist injury in that game. Ron Hextall, Kings assistant general manager and Monarchs general manager, said X-rays on Bernier’s wrist were negative and that Bernier would have a precautionary MRI on Monday. Bernier was scheduled to sit out Manchester’s game Saturday night.
The Monarchs signed goaltender Rick Laurendeau to a professional tryout agreement to serve as a backup to Jeff Zatkoff on Saturday night. The Monarchs don't play again until Friday.
Murray said he was pleased with Alexander Frolov’s game on Thursday against Dallas, after he made Frolov a healthy scratch three days earlier against the Stars. Frolov had two assists on Thursday and, tonight, will stay on a line with center Michal Handzus and right wing Dustin Brown.
Murray, who had taken Frolov to task for on-ice mistakes and questioned his commitment to the game, was asked Saturday morning what he saw in Frolov’s game that he most wanted to continue. Murray had a one-word answer: "Focus."
"When he’s concentrating and brings that focus to his game, he can take over a shift," Murray said. "There’s probably times that he can do it on a consistent basis. I saw the puck management, I saw his power and strength on the puck, making things happen. I saw him taking it into the blue paint.
"That’s the kind of game that I expect from Fro, because of his ability and the talent he brings. But the focus is critical on his side of it, and that was there."
MEETING WITH QUICK
Murray was not happy with goalie Jonathan Quick’s game Thursday, in which Quick allowed four goals on 21 shots, and called Quick into his office after Friday’s practice for a meeting.
Murray said most of the meeting centered around Quick’s concentration level, which Murray perceived to be low at times, but Murray said he did address one technical aspect of Quick’s game that he found to be lacking.
"He’s on the shooter’s hands and on the shooter’s body at times," Murray said. "So he’s not on the proper angle. I think the fourth goal (on Thursday), clearly anybody who was watching the game could see that it was two left-hand shots coming up the ice, drop pass, he never changed his angle and he was lined up on the shooter’s body.
"That’s why the puck goes into the net about eight inches inside the post whenever that happens. That’s the one technical part of the game that I talked to him about."
Quick will start tonight and is expected to start Sunday night against Columbus.
ALMOST, BUT NOT QUITE
With Parse joining the lineup, the Kings made rookie forward Trevor Lewis a healthy scratch for the sixth time in 11 games this season.
Lewis has yet to record a point in five games this season, but Murray said his concerns about Lewis’ game extend beyond the stat sheet.
"He’s getting better," Murray said. "He was better than what he was in the Columbus game. I thought his game in Columbus, he was on his heels, he was not on top of the puck, he wasn’t intense on the puck and maybe a little bit of the flu set in with him too at that time.
"Maybe being weary at the end of the road trip might have been a part of it, but he has to bring that tenacity. He has to be on his toes and really hounding the puck, establishing puck possession, the first guy in on the forecheck. That was a little bit better the other night, but he needs to continue to work on his game."