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Kings still tinkering with lines, roster – Press Telegram

After losing three hands, the Kings decided it was time to shuffle the deck.

They changed up their lines and pairings late in the first game against Colorado on Tuesday and made some lineup changes on Thursday.

Kale Clague drew in on defense in place of Kurtis MacDermid and Adrian Kempe moved up to the top forward line. Michael Amadio and Trevor Moore returned to the bottom six. There was a reorganization of the roster and taxi squad as well, including the addition of prospect winger Samuel Fagemo to the taxi squad.

“We’re not going to put everything into a blender,” Coach Todd McLellan said. “It’s just trying to find a few more players, get them up and running a little bit better, a little bit quicker, and maybe needing a little bit more from other individuals.”

Even one element the Kings felt was solid coming into the season, the pairing of Drew Doughty and newly acquired veteran Olli Maatta, seemed fragile. Doughty has seen time with Mikey Anderson in each of the past three games and a few shifts with Matt Roy as well.

McLellan finds himself in the unenviable position of having to tinker with his personnel not only to get young players repetitions and experience but also to try to get results as the shortened season has started to slip away swiftly with the prospect of losing four straight at home to open the campaign.

“As far as inserting guys in and out of the lineup, twofold, based on performance but also based on the ability to keep everyone alive and close to the team,” McLellan said.

He said the Kings 0-1-2 start was not indicative of the quality of their play overall, but he again pointed to a lack of discipline as an obstacle to righting the ship.

The Kings took 17 penalties in their first three games, more than any three-game stretch of last season when they were among the least penalized teams in the NHL.

“I can’t begin to judge where we’re at until we clean that up,” McLellan said.

DEBUTS AT SEA LEVEL

The Avalanche, well below their usual mile-high elevation, also made some changes between games. They swapped defenseman Ian Cole for defenseman Greg Pateryn in a trade with the Minnesota Wild on Tuesday. Pateryn made his Avs debut, and he was not alone.

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