Rookies Brayden Schenn, Kyle Clifford, Jake Muzzin make Kings' lineup for opener
Kings Coach Terry Murray erased the final mystery regarding his lineup Thursday, saying he will open the season Saturday at Vancouver with a fourth line of 19-year-old forwards Kyle Clifford and Brayden Schenn alongside Kevin Westgarth, and with rookie Jake Muzzin paired on defense with Davis Drewiske.
Two other rookies, Andrei Loktionov and Trevor Lewis, would be the extra forwards. Peter Harrold would be the spare defenseman. A sixth rookie, goaltender Jonathan Bernier, will back up Jonathan Quick in the newly renamed Rogers Arena.
Murray told reporters he has no problems with having so many youngsters in the lineup.
"I think we’ve surrounded these young players on this team with quality veteran players, players who know how to take control of the situation in the locker room and on the ice," he said.
The Kings are scheduled to practice Friday at 10 a.m. at the Toyota Sports Center in El Segundo before flying to Vancouver.
-- Helene Elliott