Kings call up John Zeiler as Jarret Stoll serves one-game suspension
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The Kings called up John Zeiler, not Brayden Schenn, to bolster their strength at center while Jarret Stoll serves his one-game suspension for his hit on San Jose’s Ian White.
Kings General Manager Dean Lombardi declined comment on the Stoll suspension but Coach Terry Murray is expected to comment on his lineup after Friday’s practice. They’re still on the ice.
Stoll said: “Obviously I’m disappointed with the decision but I respect it.”
The lines in practice Friday were Dustin Penner-Michal Handzus-Dustin Brown; Ryan Smyth-Trevor Lewis-Justin Williams; Kyle Clifford-Brad Richardson-Wayne Simmonds; Alexei Ponikarovsky-Oscar Moller-Kevin Westgarth.
However, Zeiler will play between Ponikarovsky and Westgarth on the fourth line, and Moller will sit again because of the physicality of this series and his size. Moller is listed at 5-foot-10 and 189 pounds but is probably smaller.
Zeiler, listed at 5-feet-11 and 204 pounds, was scoreless in four games with the Kings this season in November and December. With Manchester of the American Hockey league, he had nine goals, 28 points and 86 penalty minutes in 69 games. Murray is expected to comment on his lineup after Friday’s practice.
-- Helene Elliott