The Kings are down 1-0 in their first-round playoff series with St. Louis. As Elliott wrote Wednesday,
"Speaking after an optional practice Wednesday, the morning after the team's 2-1 overtime loss at St. Louis, Coach
"He also indicated he won't reunite top-line center
"Jeff and Kopi play really well together, and they play a lot of power play time together. They have something there," Sutter said. "So that's the reason we did it. And quite honest, Mike and Brownie really were our best line by a long shot [Tuesday] night. So it's really more on Kopi to play better, not putting somebody with him to help him."
"Koivu served as a calming force, and that third line, which includes Daniel Winnik, kept the Red Wings' top threats off the scoresheet as Zetterberg, Datsyuk and Justin Abdelkader combined for eight shots on goal. Datsyuk, who had eight points in the final three regular-season games, had one shot in Game 1, which the Ducks won, 3-1, at Honda Center.