Kings won’t have Muzzin, Lewis (‘frustrating injuries’) vs. Coyotes

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Tough start to the season for the defending Stanley Cup champs.

The Kings, who lost 4-0 in their season-opener against San Jose, will be without defenseman Jake Muzzin and forward Trevor Lewis for Saturday’s game against the Coyotes, L.A. head coach Darryl Sutter announced.

“They’re both frustrating injuries,” Sutter said, per LA Kings Insider. “There’s nothing you can do about it. When they’re ready, they’re ready. I mean, Muzz is doing everything. It’s frustrating.”

Muzzin, who missed the San Jose game with an undisclosed injury, took part in some of Friday’s practice but was held out of 5-on-5 work. Lewis, who recorded six shots and a minus-1 rating in 10:29 TOI on Wednesday, is reportedly day-to-day with a “mid- to upper-body injury,” per the L.A. Times.

With Muzzin out, the Kings will probably once again go with a top-six defense of Drew Doughty, Robyn Regehr, Alec Martinez, Slava Voynov, Matt Greene and Brayden McNabb. McNabb, who made his L.A. debut against the Sharks, played quite a bit (23:27) while Greene saw less than 14 minutes of ice time.

As for Lewis, it sounds like Jordan Nolan will likely to replace him in the lineup.