Kings still don’t have timetable for Toffoli’s return

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L.A.’s already dealt with lengthy injuries this year — Brayden McNabb, Marian Gaborik and, most notably, Jonathan Quick — and could soon add another to the list in Tyler Toffoli.

Toffoli, currently sidelined with a lower-body injury, hasn’t played since Dec. 20 and hasn’t taken a team-related skate since Dec. 22. He’s already missed two games, won’t travel for an upcoming two-game trip (Vancouver on Dec. 28, Edmonton Dec. 29) and all signs point to him being out until early January.

“We’ll get him looked at again early after the new year,” Kings head coach Darryl Sutter said, per LA Kings Insider. “So it’ll be at least a week before we even look at him again.”

Toffoli had eight goals and 20 points at the time of his injury, sitting second on the team in scoring behind Jeff Carter. He is, quite obviously, a big part of the L.A. offense — in addition to the point total, he leads the team with a plus-14 rating, and averages nearly 18 minutes per night.

The Kings can ill afford to lose Toffoli for an extended period of time. This is a team that sits 20th in the NHL in goals per game, and a large chunk of that total is directly due to Toffoli and Carter. The pair have combined for 27 of L.A.’s 86 goals this season, which is 31 percent of the scoring.

 

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