Ed Belfour

Slumping Kings mixing up lines ahead of matchup with Florida

Slumping Kings mixing up lines ahead of matchup with Florida

One of the underrated strengths of former Kings coach Darryl Sutter was his ability to find effective line combinations.

He formed the Tanner Pearson-Jeff Carter-Tyler Toffoli trio, and it was a longtime staple for the Kings up until Carter was injured last month.

Sutter’s successor, John Stevens, isn’t necessarily looking for the next Carter line but the Kings’ four-game losing streak represents a need for change. Stevens has been consistent with his top-nine forward combinations but it appeared Friday that Toffoli and Trevor Lewis swapped spots, with Lewis on the second line with Pearson and Adrian Kempe. Nic Dowd also could return to the lineup Saturday because he...

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