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Sutter: Penner ‘hasn’t played well enough,’ but will remain in Kings lineup

Apr 18, 2013, 11:15 AM EDT

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Dustin Penner is back in Darryl Sutter’s doghouse.

Stop us if you’ve heard this one before.

Following Tuesday’s “sloppy” shootout loss to the Sharks, Sutter took issue with Penner’s play as of late — but said he wasn’t going to park the burly winger like he did earlier in the year.

“[Penner's] going to have to play a lot better,” Sutter told LA Kings Insider. “We’re trying to make the playoffs here, and it’s similar to last year where we just made a decision later in the year that we were going to play him and basically see what happens, and that’s kind of what I’m doing now.”

Penner has just two goals and 12 points in 29 games this season, and was a healthy scratch seven times at the beginning of the season.

(As Lisa Dillman of the LA Times notes: “If you examine a wider sample, [Penner] has nine goals in 94 games since the start of last season.”)

The 6-foot-4, 242-pound forward only recently came back from a lower-body injury, and is still trying to find his form.

But Tuesday’s effort against San Jose didn’t offer much optimism, as Penner went minus-1 with one shot on goal in just over 11 minutes of ice time.

Sutter said benching Penner again isn’t an option.

The Kings (53 points) are comfortably in a playoff spot — six points up on ninth-place Detroit — but could easily fall down the ladder given San Jose (53 points), Minnesota (51) and St. Louis (50) are all right on their heels.

“There’s no deep, dark answer or anything like that,” Sutter said. “That’s what we’re trying to do. How’s he played? He hasn’t played well enough.

“But that’s obvious — we’ve played 40 games and he’s got two goals.”

  1. rodeoclowndc - Apr 18, 2013 at 11:33 AM

    Blomfeld comes to his defense in 3, 2, 1…

    • blomfeld - Apr 18, 2013 at 11:01 PM

      Just checking in now friend … please see below ! :)

  2. hockeywithdrawal - Apr 18, 2013 at 11:52 AM

    I’m really surprised they didn’t trade him and end the misery for everyone. His production dropped abruptly when he went to the Kings…maybe it’s just not a good fit for him?

  3. surfoside4life - Apr 18, 2013 at 12:20 PM

    Dwight King… what have you done for me lately?
    Jordan Nolan… what have you done for me lately?
    Colin Fraser… what have you done for me lately?

    From what I’ve seen in the games that Penner has played he’s been better than these 3 guys. There’s other guys besides Penner that should be in Sutter’s doghouse

  4. aldog83 - Apr 18, 2013 at 1:40 PM

    They should have never brought TOFFOLLI back down.

    I would have liked to keep him up and give him the experience this last month to see if he is capable to help in the playoffs.

    The game tying goal he had in Chicago 3rd period was great as well as his 1st NHL goal.

    (can’t remember against who)

    I am sure he may be not ready defensively.

    But NOLAN and KING were brought up last year as rookies and it helped sparked the team.

    I am no coach.

    But I agree with suroside4life.

    I am underwhelmed by Penner, King, and Nolan.

    P.S. Glad Quick Played well in San Jose!

  5. stockspyder - Apr 18, 2013 at 1:53 PM

    242 lbs? gewd lawd Pancakes lay off the Ho-Hos

  6. smugglingplums - Apr 18, 2013 at 6:46 PM

    Only in hockey can a coach call his players out with the regularity that Sutter does. Love it. I’d like to see Toffoli back up. Fraser, Nolan, and King to me are all guys who can be replaced. Penner is no great shakes but when he feels like it he’s a pretty good mucker. Keeps plays alive with his size.

  7. blomfeld - Apr 18, 2013 at 11:29 PM

    Person A: hey man, who are all these guys posting here?

    Person B: I’m not sure, but they’ve gotta be “good people” who dig the Kings man !

    PENNER = PANCAKES, STANLEY CUPS & GOOD TIMES !

    The bottom line friends is that Sutter is yanking Penner’s chain and so I say “good on him” for that! We “need” Penner in our lineup, no different then a race car needs a transmission. And now we need to see Penner “turn it on” in-order for us to catch the Quacks from OC for the Pacific Division title. I would submit to you friends that anyone questioning Penner’s value to our glorious Stanley Cup enterprise is also likely one of “those” who questioned comrade Quick’s play of late. Such people are “detractors” and therefore they should be “dealt with” immediately, before their stupidity can gain traction with the faithful who “mean well” but are possibly naive.

    Executive Summary: Penner is a “stud” and his place in our vanguard is secure ! :)

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