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April 14 Rink Notes: Canucks vs Kings


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Throughout the Canucks' first round series versus the Kings, your truly will be sharing some news and tidbits regarding the Kings courtesy of Los Angeles Kings Examiner Jonathan Moncrief.

Moncrief is an accredited reporter who follows the Kings and provides feature stories, game summaries and opinion pieces on his site. He also serves as a Featured Contributor on the fan-interactive portion of the LAKings.com website called "Hockeywood, L.A." and is the sports radio talk show host on the Sports Journey Broadcast Network.

Here is Moncrief's latest lineup update following Kings practice on Tuesday:

Terry Murray moved Brad Richardson up from 4th line center to 3rd line right wing, joining Wayne Simmonds and Michal Handzus. He also had Raitis Ivanans skating on the 4th line with Fredrik Modin (down from the 3rd line) and Jeff Halpern.

Right now, [Murray] looks like he wants a little more speed with Simmonds and Handzus, and likes the grit and size of the 4th line.

About the projected 4th line, [Murray] said: "We know [Vancouver is] a pretty gritty hockey club. They've got some heavyweights. They have a team that plays pretty hard, and Raitis is a player who - I don't know about neutralize it - he can respond to those situations that are coming our way. He's well-respected. He has his presence established around the league. Everybody knows what his role is on the hockey club."

The Kings practiced again in Los Angeles on Wednesday morning before boarding a 1 p.m. flight for Vancouver.

Read Moncrief's preview of the Canucks/Kings series here.

And of course, read the Canucks.com Tale of the Tape Series Preview written by yours truly here.

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