Kopitar had an assist in Sunday's 4-3 win over New York. Kopitar's assist Sunday was his first of the season, and the Slovenian center has managed just four points in 10 games so far. Still, his effort helped Los Angeles snap a six-game losing streak.
Kopitar (illness) will suit up against the Sabres on Saturday, Mike Harrington of The Buffalo News reports. After missing Thursday's matchup with the Islanders, Kopitar is once again healthy and should resume his role on the first line, as well as his spot on with the man advantage, where he is averaging 3:40 of ice time. The Slovenian is still looking for his first goal of the 2018-19 campaign and will hope to improve the team's eight percent power-play efficiency (third lowest in the league).
Kopitar won't play Thursday against the Islanders due to an illness, Lisa Dillman of The Athletic reports. With Kopitar unavailable, Austin Wagner or Kyle Clifford will likely draw into the lineup and take on a bottom-six role against the Islanders. The 31-year-old pivot will hope to recover in time for Saturday's matchup with the Sabres.
Kopitar generated a plus-3 rating and found twine in Sunday's 4-2 home win over the Red Wings. Kopitar snuck up to the right wing upon realizing that first-line companions, Illya Kovalchuk and Alex Iaffalo, fooled the Wings defense with a quick zone entry, and the Kings captain lifted a nice backhand over the shoulder of Jonathan Bernier. A two-time Selke Trophy winner, Kopitar is averaging an absurd 23:02 of ice time on the young season; most defensemen can't even handle that much rink run.
Kopitar scored his first goal of the season in a 3-2 overtime loss to the Sharks on Friday. The 31-year-old started the Kings comeback after they trailed the Sharks 2-0 in the first period. Kopitar had a career year last season, posting 35 goals and 92 points while playing all 82 games. Given his 17.5 shooting percentage, he will be hard pressed to repeat those numbers, but owners can expect about 25 goals and 70 points from the Kings captain.
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