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Stoll a gametime decision for Los Angeles

Jun 1, 2013, 2:06 PM EDT

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Kings center Jarret Stoll is a game-time decision to play for Los Angeles, as Dan Rosen of NHL.com reports, in tonight’s first game of the Western Conference finals and they could use his help up the middle.

The Kings got killed at the faceoff dot by San Jose after Stoll was put out of commission by Sharks forward Raffi Torres with a concussion in Game 1 of that series. Centers Anze Kopitar and Mike Richards did the heavy lifting on draws after that, but both players were average at that against the Sharks. With guys like Jonathan Toews, Michal Handzus, and Marcus Kruger to contend with, Stoll’s ability will be needed.

The other area he can help in is on the penalty kill. Chicago’s power play improved in the last round against Detroit and with this series expected to be tight and low-scoring, every little bit of assistance counts.

If Stoll can’t play, L.A. Kings Insider’s Jon Rosen says Trevor Lewis will take his spot on the third line.

  1. pennerismyhomeboy - Jun 1, 2013 at 2:12 PM

    Stolly!!

  2. TestSubjekt - Jun 1, 2013 at 2:27 PM

    Lewis would take Stoll’s spot because Tyler Toffoli is already penciled in to the lineup?

  3. kingsfan68 - Jun 1, 2013 at 3:32 PM

    probably on the 4th line inless Sutter goes with Nolan

  4. titansrbeast - Jun 1, 2013 at 4:14 PM

    Ralphy Torres.

  5. icelovinbrotha215 - Jun 1, 2013 at 5:03 PM

    The Kings will be hard-pressed to win B2B with Stoll in the line up. Unlike SJ, the Blackhawks have depth. Stoll is way too valuable in the FO circle for him not to play. Hopefully he gets to play the whole series.

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