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Kings' Patrick O'Sullivan back on top line

November 18, 2008 |  4:30 pm

Patrick O'Sullivan, center, celebrates his goal with Dustin Brown, left, and Jarret Stoll in a game last month against the Ducks.

The Kings have been shut out four times in 17 games -- only two fewer than the entire 2007-008 season -- and have scored only 17 goals in their last nine games.

You don’t need a degree in Hockey 101 to know what that means: new lines.

After Sunday’s 2-0 loss to the Ducks, Kings’ Coach Terry Murray moved Patrick O’Sullivan onto the Kings’ top line with Anze Kopitar and Dustin Brown. The three played together much of last season, with all finishing with career highs in goals and points. But the trio spent only part of one game together this season.

"We’re looking for some offense," Murray said. "When we broke training camp I felt we would have some scoring on a pretty consistent basis. I came out of that game thinking we had some good opportunities and came up short.

"I’m going to try to get Sully going individually and, hopefully, add something to that line to get them results."

The Kings average only 2.41 goals per game for 25th in the league.

-- Chris Foster

Photo: Patrick O'Sullivan, center, celebrates his goal with Dustin Brown, left, and Jarret Stoll in a game last month against the Ducks. Credit: Chris Carlson / Associated Press

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