This shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone who has been following the Kings closely for the past couple of months. Penner has really picked up his game and made the third line very uncomfortable for opposing teams.
When he was paired with Richards and Carter, he was very effective, in particular in the Vancouver series. That, coupled with Dwight King’s poor play in the Vancouver series, this is a no-brainer move for Sutter.
I see good things coming out of the Richards line in the St. Louis series.