Although it has not been made official yet, several news outlets, including TSN and the Los Angeles Times, are reporting that Los Angeles Kings forward Simon Gagne will be inserted into Monday’s lineup when the Kings host Game 3 of the 2012 Stanley Cup Final.
Gagne, who has played in just 34 games this season, has not suited up since December 26th because of a concussion. Darren Dreger of TSN reported on Twitter that Gagne would play, likely in place of fourth-liner Brad Richardson.
This is a bit of shocking news when you consider that the Kings are 2-0 in their series with the New Jersey Devils and that the team has lost just twice during their remarkable postseason run. However, head coach Darryl Sutter could be looking for a little extra scoring punch by adding Gagne, a two-time 40-goal scorer, into the mix.
Despite their dominant run, the Kings’ power play is 6-for-77 in the playoffs and hasn’t scored in five games. Gagne is definitely an offensive weapon that could be used in man-advantage situations, but is it worth tampering with a lineup that has been so hot?