Kings lose Scott Parse until Februrary; Will try to send Brayden Schenn to AHL for conditioning

If it felt like Kings forward Scott Parse just got back into action in Los Angeles, it’s because that’s the case. Parse returned to action on November 4th after missing most of the preseason and the start of the season with a lower body injury. This time, he’s out with another lower body injury, a torn labrum in his hip, and he’ll be out of action for the next 3-4 months.

In five games this year, Parse had a goal and three assists and was about to establish himself as one of the Kings better weapons on the left wing. Instead, they’ll have to continue waiting for him to be healthy. With an injury to Alexei Ponikarovsky already, the Kings forward health takes another hit. The Kings have called up 21 year-old Dwight King up from AHL Manchester to take the place of Parse.

Meanwhile, the Kings are hoping they can send junior-eligible forward Brayden Schenn to Manchester for a conditioning stint. The catch with that is that junior-eligible players aren’t allowed to go to the AHL. The Kings, perhaps in an effort to bend the rules, are looking to send him there while they try and figure out what, exactly, they’re going to do with him. As Rich Hammond of L.A. Kings Insider notes, it’s believed the Kings can send him to the AHL for 14 days without having Schenn lose his junior eligibility.

Of course, having Schenn sit in the press box all along while they try to figure out what to do with him next seems like the bigger issue here. The Kings don’t want to make a decision on him yet, meanwhile he’s only got one more game left to play before the Kings are forced to make a decision on him. All while he sits in limbo, he sits in the press box.

Dropping like flies: Johnson, Killorn hurt in Bolts’ exhibition

Montreal Canadiens v Tampa Bay Lightning - Game One
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You probably know the drill: injury updates are murky in the NHL basically from the moment a puck drops.

We’ll learn more once the 2015-16 season begins, but at the moment, Saturday might have served as a costly night for the Tampa Bay Lightning. Both Tyler Johnson and Alex Killorn went down with injuries stemming from a 3-2 pre-season win against the Florida Panthers.

“Guys were dropping like flies,” Steven Stamkos told the Tamba Bay Times.

These could be minor situations – just about any ailment will sideline a key asset this time of year – yet one cannot help but wonder if the Lightning might limp into this campaign.

Nikita Kucherov is dealing with his own issues, so that means at least minor issues for one half of the Bolts’ top six forwards.

It’s believed that more will be known about these banged-up Bolts sometime on Sunday.

Raffi Torres gets match penalty for being Raffi Torres

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With knee issues still limiting him, Raffi Torres isn’t as mobile as he once was. Apparently he still moves well enough to leave the usual path of destruction.

It’s the pre-season, so it’s unclear if we’ll get a good look at the check, but Torres received a match penalty for his hit on Anaheim Ducks forward Jakob Silfverberg.

Most accounts were pretty critical of the San Jose Sharks’ chief troublemaker:

It’s too early to tell if Silfverberg is injured. If he is, that’s a significant loss for the Ducks, as he really showed signs of fulfilling his promise (especially during the 2015 playoffs).

As far as Torres goes, he’s hoping to play in the Sharks’ season-opener. Wherever he ends up, he’ll certainly make plenty of enemies on the ice.

Whether it was because of that hit or just the general distaste shared by those sides, it sounds like tonight’s Sharks – Ducks exhibition is getting ugly, in general:

This post will be updated if video of the hit becomes available, and also if we get a better idea of Silfverberg’s condition.

Update: Bullet dodged?