The announcement that Simon Gagne was available to the Los Angeles Kings for the Stanley Cup Finals raised a lot of eyebrows.
Having been sidelined since December 26 with a concussion, there were many who thought there was no chance that we’d be seeing Gagne on the ice again this season. However, a day away from Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Finals, it appears there still is such a chance.
Gagne was not on the top four lines during Kings practice at Prudential Center this afternoon, skating on a fifth line with regular scratches Kevin Westgarth and Andrei Loktionov. It appears that it’ll take something more drastic to get Gagne back in the lineup before the series is out.
A reason he might even get a sniff at the lineup is his career success against Martin Brodeur and the Devils. Gagne has 22 goals in 55 career games against New Jersey.
The Kings made no major changes to their lines and pairings from Game 1.