Coach shuffling lineup again for Game 5

Updated: April 23, 2010, 6:14 PM ET
By Arash Markazi | ESPNLosAngeles.com

VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- Los Angeles Kings coach Terry Murray will once again shuffle his lineup for the third time in five games. Murray announced after Thursday's morning skate he is reinserting Justin Williams, who has been a healthy scratch since Game 1, into the lineup to play on the third line. He replaces Scott Parse and skates with Michal Handzus and Fredrik Modin. Jarrett Stoll was dropped to the fourth line and will play with Rich Clune and Jeff Halpern.

"I changed things a little bit here to get some different looks," Murray said. "Obviously I want to put Williams back into the lineup. He's a player that's been to the playoffs and won a Stanley Cup and this is a time in Game 5 I need the experience, and I also know he's very capable of putting the puck in the net. He's a creative guy; he can score goals; he can fit with different lines; we can use him on special teams situations. I'm looking for a big game for him."

Only the Kings' top line of Ryan Smyth, Anze Kopitar and Wayne Simmonds remained unchanged as Murray made changes to lines 2-4. The second line will now be made up of Alexander Frolov, Brad Richardson and Dustin Brown.

"The line with Fro, Stoll and Brownie, I just need more on the puck possession on the offensive part of the game," Murray said. "Put more pucks to the net. We need more offense whether it be getting offensive zone play, cycling the puck, holding onto it a little bit longer to make good things happen. I'm looking at the group and it went through a period this season where not a lot was happening and they were just getting their time on the ice, and I hope this changes gives us a good look on the possession side of it."

Murray is confident inserting Richardson over Stoll into the second line will do the trick.

"Richardson has played quite a bit in the middle of the ice. He's been great for us from the start of this year through training camp. He's moved from the fourth line look to different position and different lines and has no problem making any kind of adjustment. He's really had a positive effect on our hockey club. He's probably our most improved hockey player over the course of the year. So he'll take on the challenge."

Arash Markazi is a reporter and columnist for ESPNLosAngeles.com

Arash Markazi is a reporter and columnist for ESPNLosAngeles.com

Arash Markazi

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