: Line Combos:
Will Richards be the 1st line center or will Anze keep that spot?
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07-26-2011, 06:39 PM
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Los Angeles, CA
It all depends on the situation, if the Kings need a goal, Kopitar will need to be the go-to-guy #1. If the Kings need to hold onto a lead, I think we see the Gagne-Richards-Brown line out there more often than not. Thankfully, Stoll-Kopitar-Williams are fully capable to finish close games if Gagne-Richards-Brown becomes weakened in a flurry.
Over the course of a game, between the 5s of each period, I believe that teams will combat Kopitar with their top shutdown strategy, while leaving Richards with a better match-up on the Road to work his magic. However, at Staples, Murray can wear down teams with Richards and come with Kopitar to finish.
The Kings are in a favorable position of having Kopitar/Richards/Stoll down the middle that each draw different types of defense.
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