Blake Lizotte & Brendan Lemieux excited to add Carl Grundstrom to “buzzing, physical” line

Last season, Blake Lizotte and Brendan Lemieux became a pair up front, as they two players carved out a niche on the team’s fourth line.

When playing together, Lizotte and Lemieux controlled just shy of 60 percent of the shot attempts, between 57 and 58 percent of scoring chances and high danger chances, not nearly 65 percent of the goals scored. The two players complemented each other well on a line that typically featured Arthur Kaliyev on the opposite wing, as the trio formed an effective energy line that the Kings to came to rely on.

“Anytime you have familiarity with players, it’s way easier to pick up versus trying to create new chemistry,” Lizotte said. “Coming into camp, for sure some confidence right off the bat with both Pep and Grundy too actually, I played a few games with him last year so we kind of knew what he brought to the table. Right from the get go, it’s been really comfortable.”

Both players posted respectable numbers without the other, but each saw a slight dip, or a role change, when the other was out injured. Both players had totals that were across the board better when playing together, giving them a comfort level entering camp on the same line.

Head Coach Todd McLellan noted that he thinks of Lizotte and Lemieux as a pair, as he has also done with individuals on other forward lines.

“Yeah, I would…

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