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Kings' Jonathan Quick: Could resume skating soon
Quick (knee) is feeling better and there's a "good chance" he gets back on the ice before the weekend, Jon Rosen of Fox Sports West reports.
Quick has not played since Oct. 23 and prior to suffering a knee injury, had started just four games and posted a 0-3-1 record. While he's still likely to require several weeks of practice before considering a return to game action, the fact Quick is expected to resume skating in the coming days leads us to believe he's progressing nicely in his recovery.... See More ... See Less
Kings' Gabriel Vilardi: Receives green light for full practice
Vilardi (back) has received medical clearance to return to a full practice, but Kings GM Rob Blake said it'll be a couple of weeks before the team can determine the subsequent recovery step for the prospect, Curtis Zupke of the Los Angeles Times reports.
It's been a painfully slow recovery process for Vilardi, as the first-round (11th overall) pick from the 2017 draft has carried an injury label since it was announced in late July that he'd miss the 2018 World Junior Summer Showcase. Still, if you are involved in a dynasty league and have room to stash Vilardi, the move could pay off in spades, as he's known as a 200-foot player who absolutely shredded the OHL circuit with 157 points (68 goals, 89 assists) in 143 contests split between Windsor and Kingston.... See More ... See Less
Kings' Matt Luff: Pinballed back to parent club
Luff was recalled from AHL Ontario on Wednesday, Helene Elliott of the Los Angeles Times reports.
The Kings have processed an official trade call that saw struggling winger Tanner Pearson get moved to the Penguins for the speedy Carl Hagelin, but Luff should stick with the parent club until Hagelin gets settled in.... See More ... See Less
Kings' Carl Hagelin: Bound for City of Angels
Hagelin was acquired by the Kings in exchange for Tanner Pearson on Wednesday, Bob McKenzie of TSN reports.
Both Hagelin and Pearson play a similar style of game, but have struggled to produce to start the year. The 30-year-old Hagelin will be a free agent after the season, which will potentially save the Kings $4 million in cap space heading into 2019-20. Where the Swede fits into the LA lineup remains to be seen, possibly a top-six role with Anze Kopitar and Jeff Carter.... See More ... See Less
Kings' Cal Petersen: Makes NHL debut in relief
Petersen stopped 15 of 16 shots in relief of Peter Budaj during Tuesday's 5-1 loss to Toronto.
Petersen looked strong after replacing Budaj less than five minutes into the second period. He struggled with AHL Ontario thus far this season with a .881 save percentage in 10 games. Therefore, confidence in Petersen should be hindered if he gets a start on the Kings' upcoming road trip, which begins Friday in Chicago.... See More ... See Less
Kings' Peter Budaj: Lit up by Toronto
Budaj allowed four goals on 19 shots in a 5-1 loss to the Maple Leafs on Tuesday.
It was a troubling outing for the 36-year-old netminder, who was eventually pulled and replaced by Cal Petersen. The Kings offered little help to Budaj, but he'll need to shake it off and get ready for a possible start Friday against the Blackhawks.... See More ... See Less
Kings' Paul LaDue: Sitting out Tuesday
LaDue (undisclosed) won't play Tuesday's game versus the Maple Leafs, Jon Rosen of Fox Sports West reports.
LaDue will miss his seventh straight with this mystery condition. This will keep Oscar Fantenberg in the lineup, and LaDue's next chance to play will be Friday against the Blackhawks.... See More ... See Less
Kings' Jack Campbell: Designated for IR
Campbell (knee) was officially placed on injured reserve Tuesday, Jon Rosen of Fox Sports West reports.
Campbell will require 4-to-6 weeks to recover from surgery to repair a torn meniscus. Peter Budaj and Cal Peterson are the de facto goalies in Los Angeles with Jonathan Quick (knee) on injured reserve as well, so you may see a fair share of fantasy owners exploiting matchups that involve the Kings' organizational depth goalies.... See More ... See Less
Kings' Jonathan Quick: Likley to resume skating in 10 days
Quick (knee) should resume skating in approximately 10 days, Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports reports.
Unfortunately, Quick's name has been synonymous with the injury bug, as he dealt with a groin injury that sidelined him for the better half of the 2016-17 campaign, and the Kings' top netminder has bogged down by lower-body/knee issues to the point where he's only been able to draw into four games so far this season. It's important to note that his latest 10-day timeline is only a speculative measure of when he'll hit practice ice following surgery, as opposed to any kind of target date for his return to game action.... See More ... See Less
Kings' Derek Forbort: Mired in slump
Forbort has failed to score in any of his past nine contests.
Forbort has never been a great offensive option, but two assists through 15 games is low even by his standards. He doesn't shoot the puck much and the Kings' offense isn't allowing him to help in the plus/minus category, so his fantasy value is virtually nonexistent at the moment.... See More ... See Less
Kings' Peter Budaj: Will face Toronto on Tuesday
Budaj will start Tuesday's game versus the Maple Leafs, Lance Hornby of The Toronto Sun reports.
The 36-year-old veteran netminder takes over starting duties considering both Jack Cambell and Jonathan Quick are out with knee injuries. Budaj has one NHL appearance this season, back on Oct. 13. Since then, he's started three games in AHL Ontario, going 1-2-0 with a 6.16 GAA and a .825 save percentage.... See More ... See Less
Kings' Cal Petersen: Promoted as injuries pile up
Petersen was called up from AHL Ontario on Monday.
The 24-year-old netminder has struggled in 2018-19, appearing in 10 games with AHL Ontario and posting a 2-3-1 record with a 4.29 GAA and .881 save percentage. Regardless, Petersen takes over backup duties in LA, with both Jonathan Quick (knee) and Jack Campbell (knee) out of action for the foreseeable future. Expect 36-year-old veteran Peter Budaj to get the team's next start Tuesday against the Maple Leafs.... See More ... See Less
Kings' Jack Campbell: Out 4-6 weeks
Campbell (knee) has been diagnosed with a torn meniscus and will miss 4-6 weeks .
Jon Rosen of Fox Sports West reports that Campbell will have surgery Tuesday to repair the damage to his knee. The injury bug has feasted in LA's crease this season, having taken both Campbell (knee) and Jonathan Quick (knee) out of action. The nightmare season doesn't get any easier with Los Angeles set to face the Maple Leafs on Tuesday. Expect veteran Peter Budaj to get the start against Toronto.... See More ... See Less
Kings' Matt Luff: Relagated to minors
Luff was reassigned to AHL Ontario on Sunday, TSN reports.
The Kings deployed Luff for three home games from Nov. 3-8, but the rookie was never expected to assume a heavy role with the parent club. After skating for 9:13 at the top level, Luff is bound to reprise a prominent role with the AHL's Reign. We can see him returning to the NHL if and when injuries threaten the team up front.... See More ... See Less
Kings' Jack Campbell: Hard-luck loser Saturday
Campbell turned aside 35 of 36 shots Saturday night, taking a 1-0 loss to Calgary.
Campbell deserved so much better than this. Any time you can hold an offense like the Flames to one goal, you deserve to win the game. Unfortunately for him, Campbell got no help from his teammates, but that doesn't take away from the game he played or the fact that he's conceded just five times in his past four games. Even though he's got a tough matchup with Toronto up next, he's playing well enough to maintain a spot in your lineup.... See More ... See Less
Kings' Paul LaDue: Remains out Saturday
LaDue (undisclosed) is still listed as a scratch ahead of Saturday's matchup with the Flames, Jon Rosen of Fox Sports West reports.
LaDue still isn't ready to return. His next chance to do so comes Tuesday against the Maple Leafs.... See More ... See Less
Kings' Jack Campbell: In net Saturday
Campbell led the Kings out onto the ice Saturday against the Flames, indicating that he'll get the nod in net, Dennis Bernstein of NHL Network reports.
Campbell will be opposed by fellow backup David Rittich, though the Flames are dressing Rittich voluntarily while Jonathan Quick's knee injury has removed him as an option for Los Angeles. To Campbell's credit, he's more than held his own despite a lack of goal support, posting a 5-6-0 record, 2.46 GAA and .918 save percentage.... See More ... See Less