Friday, October 10, 2008

Kings Set to Invade the Choke Tank

The newly arraigned captain of the Kings, Dustin Brown, and his cast of young upstarts head to San Jose in a home and home series to start the season. Drew Doughty has made the team along with a couple surprises in Wayne Simmonds and Oscar Moller.

Patrick O'Sullivan is doubtful for Saturday night in San Jose, but is expected to play in the home opener the following evening.

Matt Moulson has been practicing on the top line Anze Kopitar and Dustin Brown.

Oscar Moller was the most impressive rookie in training camp and will start the season on the 2nd line with Jarret Stoll and Alexander Frolov. This is an extended training camp for Moller who is still eligible to return to his junior team before he plays in 10 regular season games.

Another rookie, Wayne Simmonds, will feature on line 3 with a couple veterans in Michal Handzus and Kyle Calder. With energy guys John Zeiler and Richard Clune still on the IR, this will be a golden opportunity for Wayne Simmonds to show his stuff.

The 4th line will showcase newcomer Brad Richardson. He will be playing with Derek Armstrong and Raitis Ivanans. Patrick O'Sullivan and Brian Boyle are expected to be the healthy scratches Saturday night.

The defense pairings have shaped up to be Jack Johnson and assistant captain Matt Greene. Rookie of the year candidate Drew Doughty will be joined by recently acquired Sean O'Donnell. Denis Gauthier and Tom Preissing will round out the defense pairs.

Jason LaBarbera will start in goal with Erik Ersberg as the back-up.


MJ Kasprzak said...

It's so cute to see a Kings fan talk about the Sharks as chokers. You've been around so much longer and also never won anything. You rarely even get out of the FIRST round to get a chance to choke in the second.

MJ Kasprzak said...

25 years longer than us! Over 250% as long to get one round further in the playoffs--glass houses...