Player News - Kings

Date: Team: Pos:

David Van der Gulik has been sent to the minors.

Van der Gulik was called up because the Kings didn't have enough healthy players to fill a 20-man lineup. The fact that he's being sent down now likely signifies that the Kings are confident one of their injured players will be ready to return on Friday. That means either Anze Kopitar or Trevor Lewis will probably return.
Oct 31 - 1:33 PM

Anze Kopitar (upper body) missed his second straight game on Thursday.

The good news is that Kopitar was back on the ice Thursday morning. It remains to be seen if he'll be available for Friday's contest.
Oct 31 - 10:51 AM

Martin Jones allowed three goals on 23 shots and his team's offense didn't do him any favors in a 3-0 loss to Pittsburgh on Thursday night.

Jones' record drops to .500 on the season, as he had come off a winning effort earlier this month where he stopped 29 of 30 shots. With a healthy Jonathan Quick playing lights out hockey, coach Darryl Sutter seems to be turning to his starter whenever possible. L.A. next plays on back-to-back nights on Nov. 12-13.
Oct 30 - 9:47 PM

Mike Richards and the rest of his Kings teammates were shut out by the Pittsburgh Penguins on Thursday night in a 3-0 loss.

RIchards did however collect two minor penalties to make up for his scoreless game. The 29-year-old has been posting a lot of those lately, with just three points through 10 games so far.
Oct 30 - 9:42 PM

Martin Jones is probable to be between the pipes for Los Angeles.

He left the ice first at the morning skate, which indicates that he will face Pittsburgh on Thursday night in his second start of 2014-15. Jones made 29 saves on 30 shots in a 4-1 win against Winnipeg on Oct. 12 in his previous outing.
Oct 30 - 5:45 PM

Trevor Lewis (upper body) isn't sure if he'll be ready on Thursday.

Lewis suggested that caution was necessary to avoid potentially suffering a setback that might keep him out of the lineup for weeks. He hasn't played since Oct. 8.
Oct 30 - 8:44 AM

The Los Angeles Kings were able to summon David Van der Gulik despite their salary cap restraints.

The Kings were in an awkward position on Tuesday as Anze Kopitar was hurt, but they couldn't call up anyone to replace him because they lacked the cap space necessary to do so. That's due in large part to the fact that Slava Voynov is stuck on their roster and still counts against the cap even after the NHL decided to suspend him indefinitely. Los Angeles dressed just 19 players on Tuesday, which triggered a special clause in the CBA that allows a shorthanded team to make an emergency recall. Van der Gulik in particular was chosen in part because his cap hit meets the requirements necessary to be eligible to be recalled under that rule.
Oct 30 - 8:41 AM

Marian Gaborik (upper body) isn't expected to play Thursday night.

He was able to skate with the main group at Wednesday's skate, which is encouraging. Gaborik has been sidelined since Oct. 12 and should be considered day-to-day.
Oct 29 - 6:17 PM

Anze Kopitar (upper body) skated again Wednesday.

Coach Darryl Sutter said that Kopitar is close to returning and he's a possibility to play on Thursday at Pittsburgh. However, Kopitar understands that he may have to sit again to make sure that he's 100 percent. "I'd rather do it now and really get it taken care of and then get back at it," he said. Consider him questionable at this time.
Oct 29 - 6:14 PM

Jonathan Quick strong disagreed with the decision to let Brayden Schenn's overtime game-winning goal stand on Tuesday.

Schenn's goal was initially disallowed, but it counted after a review. Quick felt it shouldn't have because he believes Schenn pushed him into the net. "I didn't 'feel.' I know," Quick said. "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 exact 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."
Oct 29 - 8:42 AM

Mike Richards scored his first goal of the season in Tuesday's 3-2 overtime loss to Philadelphia.

It was also Richards' first career goal against his former team. He now has three points in nine games this season.
Oct 29 - 8:40 AM

Tyler Toffoli potted his second shorthanded goal of the season in Tuesday's 3-2 overtime loss to the Flyers.

The Kings line of Toffoli, Tanner Pearson and Jeff Carter is not just the team's best trio - they have actually been one of the league's top units. The Kings also received a contribution from Mike Richards against his former team, but it wasn't enough to avoid the overtime loss.
Oct 28 - 10:02 PM

Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick put forth a strong performance on Tuesday night, but it wasn't enough to prevent a 3-2 overtime loss to the Flyers.

Quick stopped 40 of the 43 shots he faced, but a Brayden Schenn marker in the extra frame sealed his fate. His record falls to 5-1-2 as a result of the defeat while his peripheral stats remain excellent. His GAA of 1.78 and his save percentage of .950 are both stellar marks.
Oct 28 - 9:58 PM

Anze Kopitar (upper body) felt good during Tuesday's practice.

Kopitar might be able to play in Tuesday's contest as a result. That would certainly help the Kings given that they don't have a replacement for him and can't call anyone up due to their cap situation. Still, while the prospect of entering the game with 19 players can't be desirable, we doubt they would push Kopitar if they were at all worried that he might suffer a setback. We'll see what happens.
Oct 28 - 3:06 PM

The Los Angeles Kings might be forced to play on Tuesday with just 19 players.

Anze Kopitar is doubtful for the contest and the Kings don't have the cap space necessary to call up a replacement. Los Angeles' cap problems are linked to Slava Voynov, who has been suspended by the NHL indefinitely, but is still counting against the team's cap. Voynov comes with a cap hit of approximately $4.2 million, so it's a rather significant penalty for the Kings to carry. The Kings supported the NHL's decision to suspend Voynov, but they aren't that he hasn't been taken off of the cap. "It's one thing for the player to have to pay a penalty," Kings GM Dean Lombardi told Lisa Dillman. "It's another thing for 19 other guys to have to go out there shorthanded."
Oct 28 - 12:21 PM


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