Brown really has been lousy of late (although is linemates have been no better). If Williams continues to stink and turnover pucks constantly, they should move Toffoli to the top line and demote Williams.
Or switch Brown and Williams. Put Brown back on the right side with Kopi and have Williams play on the third.
We've seen Clifford with Kopitar once or twice this season, for brief stretches, when he got off to the hot start. He does ok for a stretch, digging out pucks, creating space, but doesn't have the hands or the shot that Brown does. I'd imagine Sutter will swap Clifford and Brown sometime in the 2nd, maybe in the 1st, and Brown will have gotten the message, simplified his game, and they'll be off.
Hate to ***** about the officiating (it is what it is), but cripes. In Game 3 Regehr gets his stick up in the hands area of a Shark skating through the slot near the crease, boom! Hooking. Fair enough.
Kopitar skates through the same area last night with Stuart wrapped all over him, Kopitar gets the shot away despite the gorilla on his back, then Stuart finishes the play by grappling Kopitar down to the ice. The call? The Kings' guest Twitterer has to apologize for a pretty awful tweet.
Good. I'm a big Brown fan but he's done nothing but sit and hope the puck comes to him in the offensive end. He seems very complacent and that's a terrible trait of the guy who is supposed to be leading the team out to battle.
Some of Kopitar's slumpbusters have been alongside the grinders in years past. There was one shift last night where he was out there in place of Fraser, I thought he looked pretty alive with his new wingmates.
The part where he tried to stickhandle the puck into the net?
anything other than this, is a disappointment for me
I definitely prefer this line over Sutter's line. King should either be sitting or on the 4th line, and there's no way Clifford deserves to be on the 1st line. Brownie will probably end up being back on the top line before the game is over.
For what it's worth I think the Penner-Richards-Carter line should play the most even strength minutes (i.e top line). I think they have earned the right to play the most minutes.
As long as one of the other guys from the former top line produces on their new line, in addition to that Richards line playing like our best one, we should be fine in the games ahead of us this series.
DS has the last change, pretty sure we will see more of Kopi against JT tomorrow at Staples. Sutter started out game 1 with the Richards line against JT but quickly switched to Kopitar or Stoll.
Kings are much better off matching Richards against Couture
Agreed. At home we have the last change, and I am sure Kopi will be on Thornton.
Now, for game 6, the Sharks will have the last change. Therefore, I would have Carter playing center instead of Richards. Richards is too small and Penner is too slow to cover Thornton. However, Carter has a decent size and quickness to cover Thornton. With Kopitar, Carter, Lewis and Fraser we have a decent size and quickness at center to battle the Sharks.
On D, I really worry about Voynov. The past two games at the Tank, Voynov was exploited by Thornton quickness and reach. He is out match. Some how DS needs to have Greeners out there against Thornton line. The little guys like Voynov and Richardson just getting killed out there with Burns and Thornton.
This is my observation and I know it doesn't mean squat.