To say Dustin Penner has underwhelmed since landing in L.A. would be an understatement. The “Flying Fridge” found himself demoted to the Kings fourth line during Game 1 of the Conference Quarter Finals, only Kevin Westgarth played fewer even-strength minutes than Penner. Now, with Game 2 set for tonight, Terry Murray is asking for more out of the Kings big trade deadline acquisition. With Jarret Stoll sitting tonight’s game due to suspension, Penner may get a shot on the second line with Michal Handzus and Dustin Brown – but he’ll have to show some life if he expects to stay there.
Kings Upset Over Demers Hit on Smyth
San Jose’s Jason Demers left his feet on a hit that flattened Ryan Smyth, and the Kings remain upset over the lack of call on the play. Their frustration is understandable in light of losing Stoll to a questionable hit, but the Demers hit wasn’t as bad as it looked on the in-game angle. L.A. Kings Insider examines the collision in further detail.
Chara Hospitalized with Dehydration, Will Play Tonight
The Boston Herald reported that Zdeno Chara was hospitalized with dehydration on Friday night, but he is expected to be ready for Game 2 versus Montreal according to the Boston Globe:
“Unless our medical staff tells me he can’t go, he’s in tonight,” said Claude Julien.
This raises a couple of questions on how the 6’9″ defenceman could have wound up dehydrated to the point of hospitalization. Did he cry himself to sleep following the Game 1 upset? Did he drink his sorrows away? How much fluid is required to hydrate a giant Slovakian?
Shaone Morrisonn Misses Practice
Lindy Ruff did not offer an explanation for Shaone Morrisonn’s absence from the Sabres Friday afternoon practice, but both he and Steve Montador were planted on the Buffalo bench for most of the third period in Game 1. According to Ruff, “It just got to the point where we just went with the four guys that were going the best. Sometimes it’s easier to rotate just two pairs than to mix and match five guys.” WGR 550 noted that Morrisonn was hit in the head during the game, though.
Pronger Likely a No-Go for Game 2
The Philadelphia Inquirer cites team sources as saying Pronger may not return until Game 5. The Flyers will continue to prepare the same way, regardless of Pronger’s status:
“Our preparation is no different if he’s in the lineup or not,” center Danny Briere said after Friday’s practice. “. . . I have to focus on myself, and it should be the same way with every single one of us.”
Red Wings Ready for Game 2 Sans Octopi, Sans Zetterberg
Phoenix and Detroit start the day’s games early with a 1:00 PM puck drop in Hockeytown. Henrik Zetterberg will remain in the pressbox for Game 2 with a ‘lower-body injury’, while the league’s crackdown on tossing octopi goes into effect. In a related note, I had a dream last night that the ice was crawling with boa constrictors during Game 3 in Phoenix. Please come true, dream.
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