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from Jon Rosen of LA Kings Insider,
The Los Angeles Kings’ goaltending health took another blow on Saturday as Jeff Zatkoff suffered a groin injury during the morning skate. A Kings public relations representative said that the goaltender is “questionable” for tonight’s game against Vancouver, but because the goalie needed assistance off the ice and towards the dressing room, it should be expected that Jack Campbell, who backstopped Ontario to a 6-5 overtime win last night at Citizens Business Bank Arena, would be brought in to back up Peter Budaj at Staples Center tonight.
“He stopped a shot, and his groin tightened up,” Darryl Sutter said. “We’ve seen it in a game, and now we’ve seen it in practice.”
There’s no word yet on the severity of the injury or whether Zatkoff will see a doctor today.
Reports are Jack Campbell has been recalled and will back-up Budaj in net tonight.
"I think that was a terrible call at the end of the game. I thought our goaltender was interfered with, he was elbowed in the head before the puck went in the net. Terrible. Someone is going to have to explain why that goal counts. I want an explanation. He's in the paint, he's elbowed in the head before the puck gets there and it goes in our net. They look at it for five seconds and they call it a goACod goal. Take a look at the replay. Elbowed in the head, in the paint before the goal was in. I got a call in London, in preseason, where the referee came over and said, he's in the paint, it's no goal and we didn't even touch the goaltender. Terrible call.
-Dallas Stars head coach Lindy Ruff. Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News has more post-game talk from Ruff.
You can watch the goal below at the 3:00 mark of the video. Video of just the goal doesn't show a replay but the game recap video does, so that is what I used.
Also, watch the hit on Patrick Sharp below Ruff says Sharp will be out and evaluated today.
from Jon Rosen of LA Kings Insider,
Lombardi stressed that this is not a short-term injury. Though the term “week-to-week” has been shared by the team, don’t expect to see him back in the crease for the home stand that opens a week from Saturday.
The injury, per Lombardi, is in the “same area” as the groin, generally speaking. The location wasn’t pinpointed – it’s not necessarily the groin, and in fact sounded as if it was in an area near the groin – but Lombardi said that it wasn’t a knee injury.
LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Kings have signed forward Devin Setoguchi to a one-year contract, Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi announced today.
Setoguchi, 29 (born Jan. 1, 1987), last appeared in the NHL during the 2014-15 season with the Calgary Flames, playing in 12 games. Last season he played with Davos HC of the Swiss Hockey league, where he recorded 24 points (11-13=24) and four penalty minutes. The Taber, Alberta native has appeared in 471 total NHL games with Calgary, Winnipeg, Minnesota and San Jose, totaling 249 points (127-122=249) and 163 penalty minutes.
The Kings have also assigned forward Michael Latta and defenseman Rob Scuderi to Ontario (AHL), as both cleared waivers today. Also assigned to Ontario are defensemen Kevin Gravel, Paul LaDue and Kurtis MacDermid and forwards Adrian Kempe and Michael Mersch. Also, defenseman Zachary Leslie and forward Spencer Watson have been designated as injured-non roster players.
from Steve Carp of the Las Vegas Review-Journal,
Players from both teams gave the quality of the ice a thumbs-up, which was a big relief to George Salami, the arena’s ice maker.
“It’s good,” Kings defenseman Drew Doughty said. “The boards have a little bounce to them, but it’s a beautiful arena and it’s bright, which I like.”
Dallas center Jason Spezza noticed the same thing about the lively boards, saying: “The boards are real quick. The puck is humming around.”
Spezza also thought the ice will get better the more it is played on.
“It probably needs to be broken in a little,” he said. “But it’s the first time, and it was fine.”
Said Kings goalie Jonathan Quick, who had Friday off with Jeff Zatkoff in the net: “I think it’s on par with most of the rinks we play on.”...
“It’s a little different city,” Oduya said. “But there’s a lot of support here. I think it’s going to be exciting. It’s not that far for our fans to travel from Dallas.”
“I think it has the makings of a really good rivalry because Vegas is so close to L.A.,” he said. “It’ll be fun coming to Vegas and being the enemy.”
Stars coach Lindy Ruff said Friday was a good trial run for his team.
“I hate to think any trip to Vegas is a routine trip,” Ruff said. “But I think it’s going to be business as usual for our guys when we come here. There’s obviously a lot to do here and experience. They can experience it all they want, just as long as they’re in by 11 (p.m.).”
more on the Stars 6-3 win over the Kings...
Two regular season games and the rest of the preseason.
Here is the explanation...
It's true, a very candid Dean Lombardi.
Patrick Burke with the explanation. Hjalmarsson is suspended for the rest of the preseason and the first game of the NHL regular season.
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