To update an earlier post, Kyle Clifford expects to play in Game 4 Tuesday night.
"It definitely looks that way," Clifford said after practice Monday. "It feels good to get back in the lineup. Playing with those guys, it's going to be a lot of fun." He skated on the fourth line with Brad Richardson and Colin Fraser during Monday's session. Rookie forward Tanner Pearson would likely draw out of the lineup to make room for Clifford's return.
According to a report from TSN, Jarret Stoll is unlikely to be back during Los Angeles' second-round series against the San Jose Sharks.
TSN insider Darren Dreger reported that Stoll suffered a head injury, which is the primary ailment, and a shoulder injury when he was checked by Raffi Torres.
Dustin Brown has been named a finalist for the Mark Messier NHL Leadership Award.
He has served as Kings' captain for the past five seasons and is frequently among the league leaders for hits. Brown supports several charities through his physical style. He donates $50 for each hit he delivers which has helped him raise $60,000.
The Los Angeles Kings have been getting a lot more production from their second line of Mike Richards and Jeff Carter and whoever Darryl Sutter likes at the moment (Dwight King/Dustin Penner) over their top line of Anze Kopitar, Justin Williams and Dustin Brown.
"Well, Richards' line has produced more in the playoffs than Kopi's line, so it's who you like most is your top line. I don't think you can get by with a "top line" ' one top line," Sutter said. "I think we're playing against a team with two top lines, and we need our two top lines, without having our top checking centerman, we need those two lines to be very productive, and I think if I look at the series, just thinking about it, I think we've scored four even strength goals, and I think Richards' line has scored three and Lewie and Tyler's scored one last night. So that's four in the series." The Kings need the Kopitar line to start scoring if they hope to advance.
Jonathan Quick needs to control his temper a little better according to coach Darryl Sutter.
Quick picked up a game misconduct for abuse of officials at the end of Game 3 when he thought the referees gave the Kings the short end of the stick by calling two penalties in the last minute of the third. "I think he's got to handle that," Sutter said. "He can't be frustrated. That's a byproduct of being a great goaltender. It's very simple," Sutter said. "That's part of being on a good team and looked on as the best player and looked on as a top goalie That's exactly what they're doing [with contact] and we saw it the last series with two or three of their players."
Anze Kopitar says the Los Angeles Kings need to shoot the puck more in Game 3.
The Kings were outshot 40-27 in Game 2. "I think we've got to throw more shots at Niemi," Kopitar said. "I don't think we've done a very good job throughout the series with the exception of the last seven minutes in Game 2, where we peppered him because we were desperate. So we've got to play like that right from the start." Kopitar has a goal and four points in nine games and has scored only once in his past 25 games. The Kings need a lot more production from their top offensive player if they hope to advance to the Stanley Cup Final.