Barry Trotz on Kings-Preds roster changes prior to game in LA

On Rich Clune, who will return to the line-up for Nashville: 

“Clune has actually played quite well, it’s just the number of forwards we have, we’ve been struggling a little bit offensively. So then we’re considering putting more offensive guys in there. As a junior, he scored as a junior, and he has good poise and good patience- he has enough puck skills and that to contribute. So, I think that’s where he’s trying to get to. I don’t want him to get too far away from what makes him different from everyone else, is that he is a guy that can get on the puck and he can create turnovers and then he can make plays off those turnovers. That’s really where I think his balance will come in.”

On Clune being extremely passionate and fired up:

“I think he’s played LA a couple of times now. I think he’s ramped up to help us win a hockey game and he’s excited to get back in the line up.”

On Filip Forsberg being a healthy scratch:

“With him, it’s just the number of forwards. One of the things with the young guys, is you still have to produce. He hasn’t really produced anything five-on-five yet, he has all his points on the power play. No different from a couple of other forwards, but he’s a younger guy and I think at times he’ll watch a little bit more than he needs to in terms of the game, when he’s playing the game. Therefore, he’s in and out of  the lineup and obviously we have some people healthy and just trying to change the mix a little bit. I think…you know, opportunity for him to go right back in the lineup and do something good.”

On Jeff Carter being out for the Kings:

“He has a lot of goals against us in the short period of time while we’re out on the western side. A little bit of a break for us, but at the same time there are other guys who have played very well against us- Jonathan Quick has played very well against us over the last couple of years. We’re going to have to have a real solid game. We need to get points every game, and we have to continue that tonight.”

On both teams being strong down the middle:

“I think both teams, when they’re on their games, they don’t give up a lot. They keep it simple, they have a good forecheck going, and they’re strong up the middle with their center ice play. One thing about LA is they always have that low, quick support, and good support all through the ice. They’re a hard team to break down, because they have a lot of confidence in what they do and they play a very systematic type of a game. They have some big bodies, and they have some guys that are game breakers and they have some guys that maybe don’t get the super star recognition but are very good players- like the Browns, and the Williams and those guys who are high contributes, the Richards- that are good hockey players. Their depth in their lineup and their organization is tremendous.”

On Tyler Toffoli and Linden Vey:

“I just know Toffoli has scored everywhere, every place he’s been at, in every league. I’m sure that that’s what they’re going to use him in a top nine position, I would think. I don’t know anything about the other young man, I could honestly say that.”

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