Kings Choose To Healthy Scratch Durzi In Game 2 Of Season

The Los Angeles Kings are already making changes to their lineup as they are going to healthy scratch Sean Durzi in the second game of the season, per Russell Morgan. In his place will be top prospect Brandt Clarke making his NHL debut against the Seattle Kraken.

The assumption would be that Sean Walker would draw out of the lineup, but after the turnover by Durzi on the game-winning goal in the first game of the season, he takes a seat.
There was and still is a lot of hope for Durzi this season that he can build off of his great rookie year and be a staple on the blue line for years to come. Last season he was forced to step up when Drew Doughty and Walker missed a significant amount of games last season. Durzi scored three goals and 27 points in 64 games. He also added 15 power-play points to that, played hard, and blocked a stellar 121 shots.

We shall see how Clarke does in his NHL debut, but don't expect Durzi to sit on the sidelines for long.

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