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Kings' Dion Phaneuf: Considered week-to-week
Phaneuf (upper body) has been labeled week-to-week by coach Willie Desjardins, Curtis Zupke of the Los Angeles Times reports.
Phaneuf's injury wasn't expected to result in anything more than a day-to-day absence, but it appears the issue has turned out to be worse than initially thought. The veteran defenseman is having his worst season to date by a long shot in 2018-19, notching just one assist through 32 games while seeing a career-low 14:58 of ice time on average. News of his placement on injured reserve may not be too far behind.... See More ... See Less
Kings' Jonathan Quick: Stuck on two wins this season
Quick made 37 saves for the Kings in a 4-1 loss to the Blue Jackets on Thursday night.
We just can't recommend this guy. Quick has a 2-8-1 record and his GAA is well above 3.00. Both of his wins have come in his last six games. Quick's game is smoldering right now. We hope he lights a match to it soon.... See More ... See Less
Kings' Jonathan Quick: Starting in Columbus
Quick will guard the goal in Thursday's road game against the Blue Jackets, Curtis Zupke of the Los Angeles Times reports.
Quick wasn't great in his last start Monday against Detroit, surrendering three goals on 21 shots en route to a 3-1 loss. The American netminder will look to bounce back and pick up his third victory of the campaign in a road matchup with a Columbus club that's averaging 3.53 goals per game at home this season, 10th in the NHL.... See More ... See Less
Kings' Drew Doughty: Set to play Thursday
Doughty (upper body) is slated to dress for Thursday's matchup with Columbus. Coach Willie Desjardins told reporters the blueliner looks "good to go," Zac Dooley of LA Kings Insider reports.
Doughty's availability will be a big boost for a blue line that is already going to be without Dion Phaneuf (upper body) and Alec Martinez (upper body). The 28-year-old Doughty has already cracked the 30-minute mark once this season and could conceivably do so again Thursday with the defensive options limited.... See More ... See Less
Kings' Alec Martinez: Lands on injured reserve
Martinez (upper body) has been placed on injured reserve, per the NHL media site.
Considering Martinez has already been ruled out until at least Dec. 18 by not joining the team on the road, it shouldn't come as a surprise to see him placed on IR. With the additional roster spot -- and Dion Phaneuf (upper body) also dealing with an injury -- the club promoted Daniel Brickley from the minors. Prior to getting hurt, Martinez racked up three points in his previous four outings, including bringing a 15-game goal drought to an end.... See More ... See Less
Kings' Dion Phaneuf: Heading home for further evaluation
Phaneuf (upper body) is bound for LA to be reexamined for an injury that is feared to be worse than a day-to-day issue, Lisa Dillman of The Athletic reports.
The veteran defenseman prematurely exited Tuesday's game against the Sharks, and if a 15-game point drought wasn't enough for fantasy owners to move on from Phaneuf, the added fear that he could be out for an extended period should tilt the scale on the matter.... See More ... See Less
Kings' Daniel Brickley: Set for promotion
Brickley will be called up from AHL Ontario on Wednesday, Lisa Dillman of The Athletic reports.
Brickley has tallied two goals, three assists and 12 PIM in 21 games with the Reign this season, but is also sporting a concerning minus-17 rating. The blueliner will enter a banged up defensive corps that could be without Drew Doughty (upper body), Dion Phaneuf (upper body) and Alec Martinez (upper body) when the team goes up against Columbus on Thursday.... See More ... See Less
Kings' Jake Muzzin: Scores two points in defeat
Muzzin opened the scoring and set up Matt Luff's goal in a 4-3 overtime loss to Buffalo on Tuesday.
Muzzin has really stepped up his game in December, scoring six points in 2018's final month after managing five points in the first two months combined. If you need assist help in deeper leagues, he's worth a look.... See More ... See Less
Kings' Cal Petersen: Makes 43 stops in defeat
Petersen stopped 43 of 47 shots Tuesday, but it wasn't enough in a 4-3 overtime loss to Buffalo.
Petersen has performed admirably this season despite the poor team surrounding him. Even with Jonathan Quick returning, Petersen has been more than capable of standing up to the barrage that the Kings' goaltender has had to face this season. With a .940 save percentage in his past four games, he's worth starting even if his team isn't likely to get him many wins.... See More ... See Less
Kings' Drew Doughty: Injury not serious
Doughty is considered day-to-day after suffering an upper-body injury during Tuesday's game versus the Sabres, Curtis Zupke of the Los Angeles Times reports.
Coach Willie Desjardins said he kept Doughty out for precautionary measures. Expect the veteran blueliner to be reevaluated and possibly get back into the lineup Thursday against the Blue Jackets.... See More ... See Less
Kings' Dion Phaneuf: Absent from bench
Phaneuf exited Tuesday's game versus the Sabres with an upper-body injury and didn't return for the third period, Curtis Zupke of the Los Angeles Times reports.
Although Phaneuf has just one assist in 31 games, his injury could cripple the Kings' depth moving forward. Top blueliner Drew Doughty left this contest with an upper-body injury as well, and the Kings will finish the game with just four defensemen. The Kings will likely be forced to make a recall from AHL Manitoba before Thursday's road game versus the Blue Jackets.... See More ... See Less
Kings' Drew Doughty: Doubtful to return with injury
Doughty suffered an upper-body injury during Tuesday's game versus the Sabres and is doubtful to return, Curtis Zupke of the Los Angeles Times reports.
The Kings are tied for last in the league, so an extended absence for their top blueliner and alternate captain could be devastating. Doughty has 17 points in 31 games while averaging a whopping 26:50 per outing and manning the top power play.... See More ... See Less
Kings' Jaret Anderson-Dolan: Practicing with World Junior squad
Anderson-Dolan (wrist) -- who is at Canada's World Junior Championship selection camp -- has been cleared to return to practice, Bob McKenzie of TSN reports.
Anderson-Dolan still doesn't have the green light to absorb contact, but he appears to be heading in the right direction. The Calgary native could be ready in time for the 2019 World Junior Championship at the end of December, after which he will rejoin WHL Spokane for the remainder of the season.... See More ... See Less
Kings' Cal Petersen: Set to face Sabres on Tuesday
Petersen will make his first start of December on Tuesday against Buffalo.
Since Jonathan Quick inserted himself back in the fold, Petersen has seen his playing time drop significantly. The 24-year-old will get an opportunity Tuesday against the Sabres in his first start since Nov. 30. Buffalo, since winning 10 in a row, is 0-3-2 in its last five games.... See More ... See Less