May 15, 2012, 8:40 PM EDT
Aside from a few rare hiccups by their star goalie Jonathan Quick, the Los Angeles Kings probably didn’t want to change much from their Game 1 win against the Phoenix Coyotes. They’ll need to make a tiny lineup tweak, however, as Colin Fraser must miss the game for “family matters” according to Helene Elliott.
Rugged winger Kyle Clifford looks to take his place in the lineup, although he’s likely to slide into the fourth line left wing spot rather than Fraser’s center position.
Missing Fraser shouldn’t be a back-breaker for the Kings, as the center hasn’t registered a point in 10 playoff games and has clocked about seven minutes per contest in the last three games. Clifford last played on April 11, when a Byron Bitz hit caused a concussion. Clifford is probably a bigger impact player than Fraser, but with the Kings’ on a torrid streak, Darryl Sutter was justified in keeping the lineup intact.
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