This really shows the Kings strength up the middle. Hopefully the wingers provide enough support.
Gagne has been the best left winger on the team. He deserves top line ice time. Brown playing RW will probably force him to pass more or plant himself in front of the net, as he won't have a great shooting angle from a distance.
The second line has two of the best conditioned forwards with Williams finding his game recently.
The third line is more defensive and aggressive, and will put Richards in more pivotal situations, instead of counting on him for secondary scoring.
Stoll has struggled. Lewis isn't very offensive. Richardson's speed makes this a good energy line.
I think the changes can work. Should be fun to watch
Actually, that looks amazing. Honestly, when we got Ellerby, the first thing I thought was that his skillset, speed, and youth would be best served pairing with Doughty. Not to mention it would spread the experience around the pairings instead of constantly pairing youngster with youngster. Voynov gets reliable Scuderi to watch his back, which gives him more of a green light.
Gagne can help setup Kopitar and Brown, and Williams can try to infuse some life on the second line, same with Clifford. Richards needs a kick in the ass and a statement. Maybe some time on the third line, grinding it out, can get his stamina back up, and also get him back into the game mentality. Not to mention he is a hell of a lot better in that spot over Stoll.
To be honest, with those line combinations, I think it also opens up the possibility of bringing up a youngster to see if they can infuse some life into the team as well. I was against it earlier, but if you could bring up Vey or Toffoli and have them tryout a bit on Richards' wing, on the third line, I'd be O.K. with that.
Overall, I LOVE these line combinations. I hope he sticks with them for a bit.
"It has not been a good day. I lost my glasses early this morning and I had to go buy a pair of 79 dollar reading glasses today. 79 bucks. You can literally get them at Costco, three-for-20." - Darryl Sutter's response to going up 2-0 in the series.
Throw me onto the "call up Toffoli" bandwagon if this is how we're going to roll with our forward lines. Stacking the top six with the talent, okay, sure, no room for Toffoli and he's wasted in a checking role. But if the idea is to spread talent and scoring throughout the entire lineup, then why not give Toffoli a chance on Richards' RW?
Edit: Also, just wait until Carter gets back into the groove of playing center. He's a much better natural center than RW. He wins faceoffs like a champ and had his best years in Philly playing primarily C.