Los Angeles Kings’ 3rd Line Requires Immediate Makeover

March 12th, 2015 by Vinh Cao Leave a reply »

The Los Angeles Kings picked up a vital win on Tuesday night against the Colorado Avalanche, moving them within striking distance in the Pacific Division and wild-card races.

Moreover, they caught a glimpse of an effective third line—a rare sight in recent weeks.

Up-and-coming center Nick Shore replaced Jarret Stoll on the unit, and the youngster buzzed in the offensive zone alongside Justin Williams and Kyle Clifford.

Since depth is so critical to L.A.’s success, the team may have uncovered a key adjustment to the forward ranks as it hits 2014-15’s home stretch. Whether the coaching staff sticks to it, however, is anyone’s guess.


Jarret Stoll

The 32-year-old has mustered one point and a minus-six rating in the past 20 games.

Though that's actually kind of impressive in the worst way, it doesn’t come as a shock. He’s performed dismally for most of the season, and the numbers are starting to catch up to his play again. 

Williams is the reason he's managed to stay afloat, as the winger's terrific puck poss ...

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