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Los Angeles Kings: Practice Update and Game 4 Changes

April 24th, 2014 at 3:24 PM
By Suzanna Bezyan

The Los Angeles Kings hit the ice at STAPLES Center Thursday morning, before game four.

Here are the line rushes and pairings from the morning skate at Staples Center via Jon Rosen of lakingsinsider.com.

Gaborik – Kopitar – Brown
Pearson – Carter – Toffoli
King – Stoll – Williams
Clifford – Richards – Lewis
Fraser – Nolan- (King also skated alongside Fraser and Nolan)

Muzzin – Doughty
Regehr – Voynov
Mitchell – Martinez
Greene

'LA Kings' photo (c) 2007, Connie Kim - license: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

Darryl Sutter spoke to Jon Rosen of lakingsinsider.com regarding moving some players around:

Hopefully he gives us a little size and power,” Darryl Sutter said of Brown. “That line, I think, when we play against Thornton, we’ve had trouble with the size of Burns and Thornton, quite honest, and I guess to answer it best, is when we talk to the players and coaches about very much staying in seven defensemen and 11 forwards, so we need guys moving around.”

Tanner Pearson spoke on the familiarity of playing with Carter and Toffoli:

“Toff and Carts are kind of the same, they’re both shooters, they’re both goal scorers and Jeff can fly down the wing,” Pearson said. “I just kind of get in there and go to the front of the net and use my body and my speed and that will hopefully create chances.”

“Put pucks in behind their D and work them down and limit their time in our own end,” Tanner Pearson said. “The more we’re on the offense is better for us.”

Drew Doughty spoke about game four:

“We’re feeling good,” Drew Doughty said. “We fully believe we can come back, but it’s just one game at a time right now. It’s a big game at home. I thought we deserved a little better last game, but we didn’t get it. Eventually the bounces are going to start turning our way, but we’ve got to work for them.”

“I thought I played pretty good last game. I think I can be a little more dominant than I have been so far,” he said. “I’ve been trying to do things. Slowly it’s coming back to me. Tonight, expect the best out of me.”

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