EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- Two straight one-goal losses have prompted the Los Angeles Kings to tweak their lineup.
It appears that defenseman Matt Greene will be inserted Monday against the Phoenix Coyotes (10:30 p.m. ET, NHLN-CA). Greene came off with the regulars at the morning skate while defenseman Jake Muzzin stayed out as an extra with captain Dustin Brown, although Muzzin took rushes with usual partner Drew Doughty and others.
Greene has been scratched in eight straight games and last played Feb. 26 as coach Darryl Sutter opted for the more offensive-minded Alec Martinez. Greene would give Los Angeles another physical element and another player to use on the penalty kill.
Muzzin has struggled with consistency and had at least one costly lapse Saturday when Anaheim Ducks forward Matt Beleskey spun past him to begin a possession that led to a goal in a 2-1 loss.
It also appears that Brown will miss a second straight game because of illness and a lower-body injury. Brown's reduced time on the penalty kill has left the Kings distributing that time to other players, including forward Tyler Toffoli.
"Me and Tanner [Pearson, forward] killed last year and I think we're smart enough guys to know what we're supposed to do and the position that we're supposed to be in," Toffoli said. "We've got to make sure we don't get caught cheating or taking a little short cut. You've got to make you're in the right spot all the time so you can be out there in other situations during the game."
Jonathan Quick was the first goalie off the ice, meaning he'll likely be the starter Monday. A win would be his 171st and tie him with Rogatien Vachon for the most in club history.
The Coyotes, who skated Monday at Staples Center in Los Angeles, can move past the idle Dallas Stars for the second Western Conference wild-card spot in the Stanley Cup Playoffs by picking up at least one point.
Goaltender Mike Smith sat out the morning skate, which means he'll likely be in goal Monday. In his place goaltender coach Sean Burke manned one of the nets opposite backup goalie Thomas Greiss.
Injured forwards Martin Hanzal (lower body) and Martin Erat (upper body) took part in the skate but likely won't play Monday.
Here are the expected lineups for both teams:
Mikkel Boedker - Antoine Vermette - Radim Vrbata
Brandon McMillan - Mike Ribeiro - Shane Doan
Lauri Korpikoski - Jeff Halpern - David Moss
Rob Klinkhammer - Kyle Chipchura - Paul Bissonnette
Oliver Ekman-Larsson - Zbynek Michalek
Keith Yandle - Derek Morris
Chris Summers - Michael Stone
Injured: Martin Hanzal (lower body), Martin Erat (upper body), David Schlemko (foot)
Scratched: Andy Miele, Brandon Gormley
Marian Gaborik - Anze Kopitar - Justin Williams
Dwight King - Mike Richards - Jeff Carter
Tanner Pearson - Jarret Stoll - Tyler Toffoli
Kyle Clifford - Trevor Lewis - Jordan Nolan
Willie Mitchell - Drew Doughty
Robyn Regehr - Slava Voynov
Matt Greene - Alec Martinez
Injured: Dustin Brown (illness/lower body)
Scratched: Jake Muzzin