LOS ANGELES — Raffi Torres will miss the rest of the Sharks series with the Los Angeles Kings.
The NHL suspended Torres for the duration of the second round of the playoffs, saying that the head was the principal point of contact, if not the first point of contact, when the Sharks left wing hit Los Angeles Kings center Jarret Stoll late in the second period of Game 1.
NHL chief disciplinarian Brenan Shanahan also cited that Stoll was injured on the play and Torres has been suspended three previous times. Shanahan handed down the ruling after an in-person hearing attended by Torres and Sharks general manager Doug Wilson.
Even before the decision, coach Todd McLellan was shuffling his forward lines to compensate for Torres not be playing when San Jose tries to even the series Thursday night at Staples Center.
McLellan moved Joe Pavelski to Torres' spot at left wing on a line with Logan Couture and Patrick Marleau, then shuffled players on San Jose's third and fourth lines.
Scott Gomez moved into Pavelski's usual spot centering the third line with James Sheppard and Tommy Wingels while Tim Kennedy was inserted into the lineup as fourth-line center between Andrew Desjardins and Bracken Kearns.
"We discussed a lot of different options and I don't know if this is written in stone by any means," McLellan said. "We've got to start somewhere and see where it goes."
By moving Pavelski to the second line, the Sharks are sacrificing some of the third-line scoring balance that worked well for them late in the regular season and into the first round of the playoffs.
The fact that the Kings get the bulk of their scoring from their top two lines was a big factor in his decision, McLellan said.
"The odds are they're going to continue to have an impact in games going forward," the Sharks coach said of the top two Los Angeles lines. "We like Pav there. We think he's a responsible two-way guy and he has the ability to help out in the faceoff circle against (Anze) Kopitar or (Mike) Richards for the most part."
Kennedy had two goals in 13 games with the Sharks during the regular season and played in one game against Vancouver in the postseason.
One of those 13 games was the season finale against the Los Angeles Kings, a game in which the 5-foot-10, 175-pound Kennedy registered eight hits.
"I'm not a huge guy so I have to play with a little more grit and be feisty," Kennedy said. "It's not the hits that you're going to see that make the Sports Center top 10 plays, but just little rub-outs in the corner. When you can finish a guy off, you've got to finish a guy off. In a long series like this, I think that'll help us."
The Kings will be without Stoll in Game 2 and coach Darryl Sutter is putting Brad Richardson in his place as third-line center without making any other changes to the other forward combinations.