When the Los Angeles Kings play against the Anaheim Ducks tonight, Drew Doughty (upper body), Jarret Stoll (hip), and Jonathan Quick (wrist) won’t be in the lineup. For the first time since training camp started though, all three of them were available.
“Everybody that was [hurt] – obviously Cliffy’s been playing, he was cleared,” Kings coach Darryl Sutter told LA Kings Insider. “And the other guys have been cleared, so hopefully we get through tonight all right.”
Sutter plans to get Doughty into two or three preseason contests and will talk to Quick tonight before firming up a plan regarding him. Even Marian Gaborik, who missed two practices with what the team called a maintenance issue, was back on the ice Sunday.
All-in-all, it looks like Los Angeles might enter the season at full strength, although a lot can happen between now and their opener on Oct. 8.
“I don’t want to talk about it, because we just want to get through the next 10 days,” Sutter said. “I’ve been down that.
“You’re literally one injury away from that, and if you look at it, the guys that we’re bringin back into the lineup, Jonathan’s missed a lot of games in the last three years, and Gabby’s missed a lot of games. Drew missed the end of the season last year. If we wouldn’t have been in a playoff position, he probably would’ve had to play hurt. Stolly’s injury – when you get your hip operated on, it’s a major injury. So we’ve been able to get through with guys like Greener, who missed most of the year last year because of injury, and the lockout year.
“So hopefully we just get through the next 10 days.”