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You can’t predict hockey: Dustin Penner will start on Kings second line

Apr 28, 2012, 10:39 AM EDT

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It’s been a bad year for Dustin Penner. He’s struggled to score goals, he’s been a healthy scratch on occasion, gotten divorced, and hurt himself eating delicious pancakes. Now with the Kings in the second round of the playoffs, Penner is getting another lease on life and is getting moved to the Kings’ second line.

Helene Elliott of the Los Angeles Times hears from coach Darryl Sutter as to why he’s giving Penner a promotion and about what he’s hoping the burly forward can draw on to succeed.

“He’s had a really tough year and so he’s got to draw on the experience he had before, winning, that he can still be a really good contributor,” Sutter said Friday. “And we liked him in the last series so we need him to have that again.”

Penner was good against the Canucks with a goal and an assist and his goal being the game-winner in Game 1. Crashing the net and making things uncomfortable for goalies is what Penner is capable of doing. Actually doing it and being effective with the puck, that’s been an issue and one Penner’s new linemates Mike Richards and Jeff Carter hope is one he’s got a hold of now.

If not, Penner will find himself back alongside Jarret Stoll and Trevor Lewis once again with Dwight King potentially moving back up.

  1. blomfeld - Apr 28, 2012 at 11:22 AM

    1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th …

    Whatever line Penner plays on is completely irrelevant, as the juggernaut which is our LA Kings will have 4 lines rolling throughout, in a determined and unrelenting attack on the St Louis net ! Goals will be coming from everywhere and anywhere … and there will be many of them, very many. You people think we did a number on the Canucks ? … well the fact is that our Kings are only now starting to hit their stride !

    GO KINGS GO ! :) :) :) :) :)

  2. ron05342 - Apr 28, 2012 at 11:52 AM

    This shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone who has been following the Kings closely for the past couple of months. Penner has really picked up his game and made the third line very uncomfortable for opposing teams.

    When he was paired with Richards and Carter, he was very effective, in particular in the Vancouver series. That, coupled with Dwight King’s poor play in the Vancouver series, this is a no-brainer move for Sutter.

    I see good things coming out of the Richards line in the St. Louis series.

  3. bloggersarenotjournalists - Apr 28, 2012 at 1:57 PM

    The Coke, Liquor and Pancake line.

    (No, not that kinda line Carter, relax)

  4. biasedhomer - Apr 28, 2012 at 6:42 PM

    Now he can have booze with his pancakes!

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