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ROYAL ROAD REPORT: LINE UP CHANGES!

by Staff Writer / Los Angeles Kings
It doesn’t get any easier for the LA Kings. On the heels of a 6-2 loss to the Calgary Flames last night, there’ll be no rest for the weary as the Kings will face the Oilers tonight at Rexall Place in Edmonton.


Conversely, the Oilers are coming into tonight’s match-up well rested as they’ve been off for five days.

LINEUP CHANGES
The Kings shook up their lineup, moving Kyle Calder back to the top line with Anze Kopitar and Dustin Brown. Calder has played on the Kings top line of and off this season. Derek Armstrong, who played on the fourth line in place of the suspended John Zeiler last night, will center the Kings second line with Oscar Moller and Patrick O’Sullivan, who played for the previous three games on the Kings top line.

Michal Handzus will move from center to wing on the third line and play with Jarret Stoll and Alexander Frolov. Brad Richardson, who has been a healthy scratch for 15 games this season, will center the Kings fourth line with Wayne Simmonds, down from the third line and Raitis Ivanans. As of the morning skate, there was no word on which of the seven D will sit tonight. Check out the Kings projected lineup here.

NOTES
After watching video of last night’s game, the Kings worked mainly on defensive drills today in the pre-game skate at Rexall Place in Edmonton...Matt Greene and Stoll were the men of the hour as they are returning to Edmonton for the first time since being traded to the Kings in June for Lubomir Visnovsky...Jason LaBarera will start tonight against the Oilers. He’s 3-0 with a paltry 1.00 GAA versus the Oilers. LaBarbera saw action for the first time since Nov. 1 last night, coming on in relief of Erik Ersberg, stopping 12-of-14 shots in just under 20 minutes of play. He’ll be up against Dwayne Roloson at the other end of the ice. Former Kings Mathieu Garon has lost his last five starts and has posted a 3-5-0 mark in eight games, with a 3.41 GAA and a .889 SV%.

QUOTES
Matt Greene
On the upgrade to assistant captain in LA:
“I think (my game) is developing. It’s good to get a nice chance to play those minutes and try to shut down those first two lines.”

On Penner’s comments about chirping:
“I don’t think there’s going to be a war of words...I’m not going to take anything he says to seriously. We’ve got a long history of chirping each other when we were teammates. In terms of battling him, I don’t think you can move that body anyways.”

On the Edmonton media missing his witty repartee:
“I’ve changed. There are too many paid comedians [in Los Angeles] they don’t need any part-timers.”

On living in Hermosa Beach:
“It’s a beautiful place down there...shorts in November instead of a tuque; it’s a little bit different. I’m sure Visnovsky is having the reverse effect.”

On the sudden trade:
“It caught me off guard...I didn’t see it coming. They handled it extremely well (he received calls from everyone).”

Jarret Stoll
On LA’s current situation:
“We need a win, bad...we’ve got to come in here and get two points just like they do.”

On playing with the Kings:
“It’s been good. We’ve got a great young team. Hopefully we can redeem ourselves from last night.”

On his relationship with former teammates:
“We text back and forth, from time to time. It’s tough with their schedule and our schedule. It’s good to see them and I’m sure we’ll catch up after the game.”

Drew Doughty
On his impressive play as a rookie:
“It was a pretty big adjustment for me coming from the OHL to the NHL. After that, I’ve been playing quite a few minutes and I feel I’ve been improving every game.”

On last night’s game:
“Last night we definitely didn’t have our best effort, by any mean. We can’t use it as an excuse; we just have to come out here tonight and play our hearts out.”

Coach Terry Murray
“Last night’s game was a hard game for us...we didn’t get into the rhythm, we didn’t execute properly...that’s part of the process of being a young team. The key question is: how are we going to bounce back?”

On road trips:
“Road trips are good for your team...the guys get out together, they go out to dinner, they get to know each other a little bit more on a personal level and I think that’s really important. At the end of the night you can look your teammate in the eye and say, ‘I did everything I could for you out there tonight because you’re a good friend of mine; we’ve been hanging out and going to dinner, I know your family, you’ve had me over to your house a few times’...this is a good thing to get a couple road games.”

On Greene and Stoll:
Matt Greene and Jarret Stoll have fit in very well...it’s starting to come together with good chemistry and they’re really important cogs in the wheel for us.”

Compiled by reports from Nick Conrad and Mike Kalinowski
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