The Kings won’t have team captain Dustin Brown when they face the San Jose Sharks in the regular-season finale Saturday night at Staples Center. Brown will serve the second game of a two-game suspension from the NHL for elbowing Jason Pominville of the Minnesota Wild during the Kings’ loss Tuesday. Brown is eligible to return for Game 1 of the playoffs next week. Until then, the Kings will be shorthanded.
Kings coach Darryl Sutter said he planned to return Dustin Penner to the lineup after scratching him for Wednesday’s loss to the Detroit Red Wings. Penner skated Friday with right wing Justin Williams and center Jarret Stoll during the Kings’ practice.
“With ‘Brownie’ missing two games, that whole side of the ice, ‘Kinger’ and ‘Pens’ and ‘Cliffy,’ we need those guys, for us to have any chance in the playoffs, we need those guys to be productive players for us,” Sutter said, referring to Brown, Dwight King, Penner and Kyle Clifford. “The way to do it is to have a good game tomorrow.”