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from Rich Hammond of Kings Blog,
In the shake-it-off world of the NHL, health is always a relative concept, which is why Kings winger Justin Williams shrugged Wednesday as he looked at reporters with partially blurry vision.
It could have been, and nearly was, much worse. Williams suffered a small cut on the outer part of his right eyelid, and swelling around the orbital area, after the stick blade of Dallas’ Brenden Dillon struck him in the face during the third period of Tuesday's game.
Williams, the Kings’ first-line right winger, said he will miss Thursday night’s game against the New York Islanders, but Williams isn’t expected to sidelined for an extended period.
"It’s a little blurry right now, but that will subside in a few days,’’ Williams said Wednesday. ``Initially, it’s kind of scary. It’s kind of like getting poked in the eye. You can’t see anything for a little bit and it scares you, but then the doctor tells you you’re going to be fine and you’re OK."
continued and below, watch how the injury happened...
I see six Wings, for a long time...
Below, Roussel not happy with penalty call...
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
I don't think anybody should be surprised to see the NHL's top two powerhouses with middling records as the NHL's second month gets going. For teams like the Los Angeles Kings and Chicago Blackhawks, the regular season just doesn't mean a whole lot.
You won't hear anybody from either team ever admit this, but it's just hard to get up every night during an 82-game season when you know the real hockey awaits in the spring. It's just the truth. So you're going to see stretches like this for the Kings and Blackhawks this year, and each coach is going to use those struggling stretches to find ways to motivate his players.
But these players are human, you can't fool them. Their true hunger comes in the playoffs. Both of these teams have won two Cups apiece over the past half-decade. It's just hard to get excited and pretend to truly care about regular-season division titles. That means a lot more to teams trying to prove they're for real, teams worried about home ice in the playoffs, teams wanting regular-seaon glory. The Kings and Hawks? Sure they want to win every game, but from a mental and physical standpoint, it just wont' be there every night this early in the season.
read on for the rest of the hockey writers at ESPN for Blues/Rangers talk...
By Mike Shackil,
After winning the Stanley Cup twice in three seasons, expectations are naturally high for the Los Angeles Kings. The Kings have had a strong start to their season and look to build towards another long stretch of spring hockey following the regular schedule. “That 70s Line” –Jeff Carter, Tyler Toffoli and Tanner Pearson have been leading the way offensively for the Kings, but the team is looking for more offensive production from their other three lines. According to TiqIQ, the secondary market average price for LA Kings tickets in 2014-15 $139.18. Both home games in the upcoming week will have a price below that average.
via Hometown Hockey,
from Darren Dreger of The Dreger Report at TSN,
- As our video shows (click here to watch the video), L.A. Kings forward Jarret Stoll was tagged for tripping as Pittsburgh's Brandon Sutter went down inside the blue line. Stoll argued the call, but was swiftly directed to the penalty box by Greg Kimmerley who eventually waived Stoll out of the box after consulting with fellow referee Steve Kozari.
It's clear a mistake was made and this isn't the first time on-ice officials have rescinded a penalty. However, a similar scenario almost always includes a high-sticking infraction when a teammate has caused the foul, as recognized by one of the game's four officials.
This wasn't that case. This was a tripping call the Penguins might argue shouldn't have been called back.
As it turns out, Pittsburgh won the game and this isolated play had no impact on the outcome. However, while NHL officials shouldn't be beaten down for getting it right, some around the league worry about the precedent of this overturned call from now on. ...
- We're just over four months until the NHL trade deadline, so there's plenty of time for the Washington Capitals and veteran defenceman Mike Green to work on a contract extension. However, with the offseason signings of blueliners Matt Niskanen and Brooks Orpik, many believe Green may be viewed as the odd man out given the $6.08 million cap space he takes up.
via Jon Rosen of LA Kings Insider,
Jonathan Quick, on whether he felt he was pushed into the net:
No, I know I was. I didn’t ‘feel.’ I know. So that should be no goal. I don’t know how that goes upstairs and still they get it wrong. I don’t know the excat ruling on that because they seem to change it every year, but usually you’re not allowed to push a goalie into the net, so I don’t know. Maybe they changed it again on us.
Darryl Sutter, on whether the call on the ice was correct:
They have the right to review it, so whether it was or not, it doesn’t matter whether I think if it’s correct or not correct. It really has no bearing on anything. He was safe at third and he was out at home.
Quick received a 10 minute game misconduct penalty after the goal was ruled good, watch below...
from Lisa Dillman of the LA Times,
The Kings were unable to bring up a replacement from the minor leagues for the injured Anze Kopitar and will be forced to play one player short tonight against the Flyers, according to Kings General Manager Dean Lombardi.
They landed in this specific situation because of Kopitar’s injury, salary-cap issues and the fact that recently suspended defenseman Slava Voynov’s salary still counts against their cap total. Voynov was suspended indefinitely by the NHL last week after his arrest on suspicion of domestic violence and is still getting paid.
He has not been charged and has missed two games. Tonight will be the third one. The Kings are too close to the salary cap to recall a player and had been trying to bring up Jordan Weal from their minor-league affiliate in Manchester, N.H., and had been trying to craft a solution with the NHL and the NHLPA.
“It’s one thing for the player to have to pay the penalty,” Lombardi said in a interview with The Times. “It’s another thing for 19 other guys to have to go out there shorthanded tonight.”
added 2:45pm, from Jon Rosen of LA Kings Insider,
The news that the Kings could use only 19 players tonight apparently didn’t concern Anze Kopitar.
“I’m going to prepare like I’m going to play and we’ll see how I feel,” he said in regards to the upper-body injury he suffered in the second period of Sunday’s 5-2 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets.
Given that the team is readying itself for game number nine out of 82, would it be safe to assume that the long-term needs trump any immediate personnel concerns?
“Yeah, probably, but I felt pretty good on the ice today,” Kopitar said. “So we’ll see about tonight.”
Kings say Kopitar has an upper-body injury, not likely to return.
Maybe it was this hit from Tim Erixon that injured him.
update 7:25pm, Kopitar talked post-game but did not say much.
Jordan Nolan of the Kings will a little poke at Hartnell, Hartnell retaliates with a swing of the stick.
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