Update: As per Lisa Dillman of the LA Times, there’s some additional good news and bad news. Good news: Anze Kopitar skated after practice, which is a very good sign. Bad news: Willie Mitchell had cartilage removed from his knee approximately 7 weeks ago and had a setback “from pushing too hard.” What was to be a 2 week layoff is now more than triple that. It is unclear when he is expected to return.
By Paul Armbruster | KingsNewsDaily.com
The Toyota Sports Center was back to its normal routine this morning after yesterday’s influx of hundreds of Kings fans who came to watch their boys officially back in action. In all, there were approximately 30-40 spectators today enjoying 1 1/2 hours of practice. The biggest change from yesterday (besides the limited crowd) was the addition of newly acquired Anthony Stewart on the Kings 5th line.
Overall, practice had a healthy pace to it but lacked the intensity I’ve become accustomed to with Sutter at the helm. I attribute that to tonight’s scheduled scrimmage at Staples Center, which to a degree, made this morning’s practice more of a pre-game skate. Nevertheless, the players were focused and disciplined during drills with plenty of hard slapshots on goal (and on glass as you can see from the photo above where it was cracked). Not to be out done, however, was yours truly who got hit by a puck. What I won’t sacrifice for the cause.
Defensive pairings were as follows:
Video of this morning’s forward lines:
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Penner, Carter, Williams (Grey Jerseys)
Gagne, Richards, Brown (White Jerseys)
King, Stoll, Lewis (Purple Jerseys)
Clifford, Fraser, Nolan (Yellow Jerseys)
Toffoli, Richardson, Stewart (Green Jerseys)
Shots on Goal