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from Rich Hammond at Kings.com,
Kings center Anze Kopitar is scheduled to undergo surgery on Wednesday to repair torn ligaments in his right ankle and is expected to be ready for the start of next season.
Based on initial diagnosis, done immediately after Kopitar was hurt in Saturday afternoon’s game against Colorado, there had been hope that Kopitar’s recovery time would be limited to six weeks, but that depended on the results of an MRI.
That MRI, done Monday morning, revealed torn ligaments caused by a high ankle sprain, the team said, and Kopitar isn’t likely to return to the ice until the middle of summer.
“He’s our best player. We’ve got to find a way either way. Injuries happen during the year. You don’t want to have your best player go down, but if that’s the case we’ve got to shoulder the responsibility collectively and find a way because no other team is going to feel sorry for us.”
LA Kings captain Dustin Brown on the loss of Anze Kopitar. More from Helene Elliott of the LA Times.
Those backwards falls sure are not fun to watch. Keep an eye on his right leg.
No further update from the Kings.
added 6:54pm, Kings announce broken right ankle. Will have MRI on Monday.
From working in guest services to writing a rap song for the LA Kings.
Seventeen years ago today, The Great One became the greatest goal scorer in NHL history.
Wayne Gretzky’s shot that beat Vancouver Canucks goaltender Kirk McLean was the 802nd goal of his career, moving him ahead of Detroit Red Wings legend Gordie Howe atop the all-time list.
“I don’t think words can describe the emotion that I felt, and the feeling that I had,” Gretzky said. “I was pretty tickled. It was a pretty fun moment.”
Splitting the first half of a season from the second and comparing the two is about as useless, at the end of the day, as useless statistics get. Point being, the only thing that matters at the end of the year is the bottom line of 16 teams qualifying for the Stanley Cup Playoffs and 14 others following along like the rest of us.
But useless doesn’t mean uninteresting as we peek at the difference in the standings from the 41-game mark for each team until now.
Have a look, after the jump:
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The Los Angeles Kings gained a critical two points Monday night against the Calgary Flames, but the loss they sustained could have a bigger impact.
Justin Williams left the game in the second period, and Rich Hammond of LA Kings Insider reports he is expected to miss the rest of the season with a dislocated shoulder. Williams is second on the Kings with 57 points this season and third in goals with 22. He has spent much of this season on a productive second line with Jarrett Stoll and Ryan Smyth.
Hammond also reports the Kings have recalled Oscar Moller from Manchester of the American Hockey League to replace Williams on the roster.
Rich Hammond will likely update more here as available.
Update 4:32pm ET: From Rich Hammond at LA Kings Insider—
Justin Williams is expected to miss 3-4 weeks because of his shoulder injury, so theoretically he could return during the playoffs if things went well for him and the team. Terry Murray did not discuss Oscar Moller or his potential role, since Moller has not officially been called up (until paperwork is completed).
You can see Terry Murray trying to hold his frustration to himself, probably best he walked away when he did.
added 3:30pm, Helene Elliott of the LA Times has more on this story.
The center ice shot by Alex Pietrangelo breezes by Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick.
The Blues won the game 4-0.
from ich Hammond of LA Kings Insider,
“... Obviously, on that winning goal, I got cross-checked from behind. In a defensive position, there’s not much you can do with a guy cross-checking you from behind. He’s the one who scored the goal, too. In my opinion, it should never have happened, it should never have been a goal…. “
more from Doughty and here is the goal (winning) Doughty is referring discussing…
update 8:43pm, replaced the original video with one of better content…
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