EDMONTON, Canada -- The first casualty of the Kings’ slow start turned out to be left wing Dustin Penner, a healthy scratch for Thursday night’s game here against the Oilers.
Kyle Clifford will be taking Penner’s spot on the second line with Jeff Carter and center Mike Richards, at least at the start. Penner thought this move might be serving as a wakeup call for the Stanley Cup champion Kings, off to an 0-2 start.
“It’s one of those things that the guillotine has to fall somewhere when the team under-produces and more times than not, it’s fallen on me,” said Penner, who especially struggled in the 3-1 loss at Colorado on Tuesday.
Unfortunately for Penner, the benching comes against one of his former teams, the Oilers. At different times, Penner was a healthy scratch in his Edmonton days, falling into the doghouse of then-coach Craig MacTavish.