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"I think it's based on the top guys again," Sutter said. "You look at it, especially their top two lines early in games have been really good and we've had to sort of lead into that."
The lines Sutter came up with in practice on Wednesday in an effort to awaken the Kings' offense stayed the same in Thursday's morning skate, meaning it's likely those combinations will be together, at least initially.
He had rugged winger
Asked how Clifford will mesh with his more skillful linemates, Sutter had a funny answer. "Ask me at 10:15 or later," he said, meaning he'd be better able to evaluate the trio after the game.
"It's really not a question I can answer…. They played together a little bit. It's not really anything to do with Kyle, right? We need guys to step their games up."
Two final notes:
Sutter said center
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If the Penguins close out their series on Friday, start time for the Kings and Sharks on Sunday will be 5 p.m. Pacific. But if the Senators prolong the series, the Kings and Sharks will start at 7 p.m. Pacific, after Game 6 of the Penguins and Senators.]