Yes, Penner is a healthy scratch, and no, this isn’t big news

As I predicted, Dustin Penner will sit tonight in favor of Simon Gagne, who sat the last game. Judging by the number of tweets and headlines mentioning Penner, I gather people are cattily enjoying this a little bit. But, unless you expect to see Gagne or Penner regularly skating on the third line this year, it’s entirely predictable that one millionaire or another is going to be sitting on a regular basis. Kopitar, Brown, Williams, Richards, Carter, Penner, Gagne, Stoll. That’s eight guys. Stoll is on the third line. So you’ve got seven left over. Unless there’s an injury, someone’s going to sit.

Probably you’re wondering what’s so bad about Penner or Gagne on the third or fourth line. The answer is that King, Lewis, Nolan, Clifford and Fraser are excellent in their roles, not to mention that they have so far been the best players on the team in the first two games.

I actually think it would be harder to crack the bottom six than the top six.


  3 comments for “Yes, Penner is a healthy scratch, and no, this isn’t big news

  1. January 24, 2013 at 2:36 PM

    I agree with you. It’s funny (but predictable, I guess) that there wasn’t a big deal made about Gagne’s healthy scratch.

  2. Samuel Aronoff
    January 24, 2013 at 3:24 PM

    With the scoring woes, its all about finding a combination to score goals. Gags and Penner are not likely long term Kings so playing them, when they are not even playing well in lieu of longer term Kings is silly.

  3. USHA#17
    January 25, 2013 at 8:54 AM

    Can’t speak to Gagne, but Penner should be highly motivated to put up numbers. He wasn’t bad in the 1st game. I often wonder where the fit is for Gagne.

    For those counting. I found it interesting that through sitting, Penner’s name was spoken almost as often as Brown’s during last night’s telecast.

    Does anyone else feel that Quick appeared to be showboating with that blocker move?

    What ever happened to first man in and puck possession in the offensive zone? The good news is that it can only get better!

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