New York Rangers forward Daniel Carcillo, a former King, is eligible to play Wednesday in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final after serving an NHL suspension for making contact with a referee during the Eastern Conference finals last month. He was uncertain whether he would be in the lineup, however.
“I don’t know what’s going to happen for tomorrow,” said Carcillo, who was traded from the Kings to the Rangers on Jan. 4 for a seventh-round draft pick. “Just to be around the guys and be in the room, that’ll be a nice change and a nice feeling. Just going to go from there, don’t really know too much.”
The Kings sent forward Daniel “Car Bomb” Carcillo to the New York Rangers on Saturday for a seventh-round pick in the draft next June. Carcillo wasn’t in the Kings’ plans, playing only 26 games and recording only a goal and an assist to go with 57 penalty minutes. The Kings acquired Carcillo, who turns 29 later this month, from the Chicago Blackhawks last summer for a conditional pick in the 2015 draft. The Rangers will be his fifth NHL team. Carcillo has only 89 points (41 goals, 48 assists), but 1,136 penalty minutes in 359 career games in the league.
So, you might wonder, why did the Kings bother trading for him in the first place?
Good question. “Car Bomb” turned out to be a real dud.
The Kings choked the life out of the Florida Panthers on Sunday afternoon in Sunrise, Fla., handling them with a dominating performance that featured Ben Scrivens’ first start in goal, Daniel Carcillo’s first goal with the club and Justin Williams’ 500th career point. The Kings’ 3-0 victory gave them a 2-0 record to start their four-game trip. Here are three things worth noting about their 3-0 victory over the Panthers:
If all goes as expected, and that’s a big if when it comes to coach Darryl Sutter’s lineups, then the Kings will have a different look for Wednesday’s game against the Ottawa Senators. Left wing Daniel Carcillo skated with center Mike Richards and right wing Jeff Carter on the Kings’ second line Tuesday in practice and during Wednesday’s morning skate. Left wing Dwight King appeared to be out of the lineup, as did defenseman Jake Muzzin. Carcillo was scratched for each of the Kings’ first three games.
For the Senators, team captain Jason Spezza was ruled out of the lineup because of a groin injury. Spezza said he wanted to play against the Kings, but the coaching staff and the club’s medical staff overruled him. “We don’t want this groin injury to become a problem,” Ottawa coach Paul MacLean said. The Senators play the Kings on Wednesday, the San Jose Sharks on Saturday and the Ducks on Sunday before facing the Phoenix Coyotes in the last of six straight road games to start the season.
There’s no way of knowing whether Kings coach Darryl Sutter will stick with his old line combinations and defense pairs or whether he’ll shuffle the deck for Wednesday’s home game against the Ottawa Senators. The Kings sure had a different look during Tuesday’s practice. The only line that looked as it usually does was the Kings’ top grouping of left wing Dustin Brown, center Anze Kopitar and right wing Justin Williams.
Kings coach Darryl Sutter might insert left winger Daniel Carcillo into the lineup for the home-opening game Monday against the New York Rangers. The Kings simply didn’t get enough of anything from their left wingers in their first two games to satisfy Sutter. Carcillo didn’t play in either the victory over the Minnesota Wild or the loss to the Winnipeg Jets, but Sutter might turn to him to provide more energy on the left side Monday.