Kovalchuk (ankle) has been designated for injured reserve, per the NHL media site. Kovalchuk is slated to miss the next four weeks due to his ankle injury, which likely factored in the team's decision to Brendan Leipsic off waivers. The Russian winger's return from the KHL has been less than stellar, as he has tallied 14 points in 25 outings on the Western Conference's worst team (a 10-16-1 record for 21 points).
Kovalchuk underwent an ankle procedure and will be sidelined about four weeks, Lisa Dillman of The Athletic reports. According to Dillman, the procedure was to remove an inflamed bursa from Kovalchuk's ankle. Before suffering this infection, Kovalchuk was in a major slump, recording 11 straight pointless outings. Kovalchuk will aim for a return on Dec. 31 against Colorado and a move to injured reserve is likely.
Kovalchuk (ankle) won't play in Sunday's game versus the Hurricanes, Helene Elliott of the Los Angeles Times reports. Kovalchuk missed Sunday's morning skate and will sit out for his second consecutive game. It's unclear when the 35-year-old will be available agian, but Nate Thompson will slot into the bottom six for the time being.
Kovalchuk (ankle) didn't participate in practice and isn't expected to play Sunday versus the Hurricanes, Helene Elliott of the Los Angeles Times reports. Kovalchuk's dealing with an infection in his ankle. The Kings claimed Nikita Scherbak off waivers to serve as depth during Kovalchuk's absence. The team still hasn't released a timeline for his return, but Kovalchuk's next chance to play will be Sunday versus the Coyotes.
Kings coach Willie Desjardins announced that Kovalchuk (ankle) is dealing with an infection, Curtis Zupke of the Los Angeles Times reports. "It's something that flared up, and it's hard to say how long that will take," Desjardins said. Kovalchuk did not play Friday night against the Flames, and now the team is traveling back home to prepare for Sunday's home game against the Hurricanes. The celebrated power forward will be reevaluated soon enough.
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