Back in Edmonton, Insiders!
The Kings held a short team practice in El Segundo, which preceded the flight to Alberta. The series structure has seen games played every other day, with practice time at a premium and the focus at this stage not really about on-ice instruction and more on maintenance and energy levels.
With that in mind, there were no formal line rushes during today’s practice. As a reference, here’s how the team lined up last night, with nothing staggering in terms of changes coming from today’s skate –
Tonight’s @LAKings Lines –
Iafallo – Kopitar – Kempe
Grundstrom – Danault – Moore
Athanasiou – Lizotte – Brown
Lemieux – Kupari – Kaliyev
Anderson – Roy
Edler – Stecher
Maatta – Durzi
— Zach Dooley (@DooleyLAK) May 13, 2022
The Kings made lineup moves during Game 6 last night, using a variety of different combinations for a shift here and there during the game. Arthur Kaliyev and Carl Grundstrom saw around five minutes combined on the top line, alongside Anze Kopitar and Adrian Kempe. Alex Iafallo, who played the bulk of the game in that spot, saw more than four minutes split between the other three lines. Different players for different situations, with coaches using every last move in their arsenal with seasons on the line.
As always, we’ll wait for the song tomorrow morning. As Todd McLellan noted the other day, it’s that time of the…