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Sutter says Kings have to keep up better with Saad

May 30, 2014, 9:33 AM EDT

Brandon Saad, Andrew Shaw, Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane AP

The Chicago Blackhawks put together an old line in Game 5 and it seemed to work wonders for them. Now the Los Angeles Kings have something to beware of heading into Game 6.

The trio of Brandon Saad, Andrew Shaw, and Patrick Kane gave the Kings fits on Wednesday night. That line teamed up for a goal in the first period and helped produce two others including Michal Handzus‘ double-overtime game winner.

Kings coach Darryl Sutter seems to have one idea on how to slow them down as Curtis Zupke of shared.

Sutter, who didn’t talk about Chicago’s changes after Game 5, acknowledged Thursday “the adjustment was we couldn’t keep up with Saad.” Asked about having the answer to counter the line, Sutter said, “The guys that played against them last night were not on top of their game, and that’s the answer.”

With Game 6 on home ice for the Kings, that means they’ll get the chance to get the match-up they’re looking for. The curious question is which line gets the call?

Anze Kopitar‘s line has been matched up almost exclusively against Jonathan Toews‘ line and “That 70s Line” with Jeff Carter up the middle may not be a great defensive fit. This sounds like a job for Mike Richards‘ line.

  1. tfilarski - May 30, 2014 at 9:48 AM

    hopefully shaw is healthy enough to skate well enough to keep up with kane and saad. need another huge game from #20

  2. hockeyornothing - May 30, 2014 at 9:52 AM

    C’mon Saad Shaw and Kane – let’s show them what you can really do tonight!

  3. comeonnowguys - May 30, 2014 at 10:20 AM

    I have to think having last change will let Sutter slow this down a bit. Unless he really is that stubborn.

  4. McFaddensPulledHammy - May 30, 2014 at 11:02 AM

    This game will be won or lost at the dot. If the Kings are at 55-60%, they will play the Rangers.

  5. aldog83 - May 30, 2014 at 11:03 AM

    Richards was matched “center for center” on the Handzus OT winner.

    • comeonnowguys - May 30, 2014 at 3:03 PM

      Yeah, but that’s like playing rec league basketball and giving the 63 – year – old space to take the outside shot. You don’t think he actually going to do anything. :)

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