Friday, November 19, 2010
Kings: A few updates heading into Buffalo game
By Dan Arritt
The puck is scheduled to drop in Buffalo in about 2 1/2 hours and the Kings' web site is reporting that back-up goalie Jonathan Bernier will get the start in goal, with Jonathan Quick between the posts Saturday in Boston. (Bernier will also get the start Wednesday in Montreal, which is about a half hour from his hometown of Laval, Quebec).
Up front, left wing Dwight King is moving to the top line in just his second NHL game. Quite a promotion for the kid, but that's how desperate the Kings are to get some production out of that position. King will be the fifth different left wing to play with Anze Kopitar and Dustin Brown this season.
Jake Muzzin is out and Peter Harrold is in on defense. Muzzin, a rookie, was criticized by coach Terry Murray for his poor play in the Kings' loss Wednesday night against the visiting Blue Jackets, so that move is no surprise.
As for Bullalo, the big news is veteran defenseman Craig Rivet is scheduled to return to the lineup after missing the last five games with food poisoning.
Five games? Food poisoning?
Anyway, the Sabres might also get right wing Patrick Kaleta back on the ice. He missed the last game with a bruised sternum and is a game-time decision.