EL SEGUNDO — Two games into the season, three of the Kings’ four lines are settled. The lone exception has been a revolving door.
Andy Andreoff will likely take his turn skating with Adrian Kempe and Michael Cammalleri on Wednesday against Calgary.
Kings coach John Stevens has expressed his displeasure with the line’s performance and is hoping Andreoff will seize the opportunity Jonny Brodzinski and Nic Dowd couldn’t in the first two games of the season.
“A lot of guys have been getting an opportunity on that line. We’re just waiting for somebody to grab it and maybe secure it a little more,” Stevens said. “We’re really comfortable with the other three lines right now. There seemed to be chemistry. There seemed to be continuity. We get momentum in shifts and we’d just like to see a little more momentum from that line.”
The line in question had just two third-period shifts in Saturday’s 4-1 victory in San Jose. The 21-year-old Kempe has been largely disappointing this season and appears to have been replaced by Alex Iafallo on the second power-play unit.
Kempe’s time on ice was reduced from 9:44 in the season-opening win over Philadelphia to 7:33 on Saturday. Brodzinski logged 7:59 of ice time in the season opener and Dowd 5:39 on Saturday in his first action of the season.
Andreoff, a third-year veteran who was a healthy scratch in the first two games, had eight goals and two assists in 60 games two years ago and managed just two assists in 30 games last year due in part to an injury that shortened his season.
LAICH REMAINING PATIENT
For the time being, 12-year veteran Brooks Laich is happy to simply practice with the Kings without a contract.
The unique situation arose when the long-time member of the Washington Capitals signed a professional tryout contract with the Kings before training camp, but didn’t make the team. He hasn’t ruled out other options, but the Kings offer him the best chance to remain in the city where he lives…