ST. LOUIS It might be wishful thinking, but Coach Darryl Sutter is hoping the scent of playoff success will revive left wing Dustin Penner when the Kings open their second-round playoff series against theSt. Louis Blues on Saturday at Scottrade Center.
Sutter switched wingers toward the end of the Kings' first-round victory over Vancouver, putting Penner alongside Mike Richards and Jeff Carter and placing rookie Dwight King with Jarret Stoll and Trevor Lewis. The revamped lines will stay together against the Blues, with Sutter looking for Penner to respond to postseason pressure the way he did while playing for the Ducks' 2007 Stanley Cup championship team.
"He's had a really tough year and so he's got to draw on the experience he had before, winning, that he can still be a really good contributor," Sutter said Friday. "And we liked him in the last series so we need him to have that again."
Penner had seven goals and 17 points in 65 regular-season games but had a goal and an ass...