Another month, another dose of adversity.
In this case, it was a double dose for the
The Kings will be without forwards Tanner Pearson and Tyler Toffoli for an indefinite period. Toffoli was diagnosed Friday with mononucleosis and did not play against Winnipeg on Saturday. Pearson was injured in the second period against the
The Kings first thought Pearson had a broken left ankle, but announced Sunday that it was a fractured fibula. They offered no timetable for his return.
Pearson was put on injured reserve and the Kings were planning on recalling center Nick Shore from their
The youthful energy of Pearson and Toffoli sparked the Kings in the second half of last season and in the playoffs as they almost immediately clicked with center
Toffoli was the Kings' third-leading scorer with 12 goals and 27 points. Pearson and Toffoli were responsible for 24 of the Kings' 119 goals.
"I've said all along that it's been a challenging year from that personnel standpoint and we'll just continue to do it," Coach Darryl Sutter said after Sunday's optional practice.
"It's not like we fell off the face of the Earth or we're not in a playoff spot. Or we're not fighting for a playoff spot.
"We are and we've managed to do that to this point and that's what we'll continue to do."
The Kings lost to the Jets, 5-4, in a shootout and are 1-6 in shootouts. They are 2-2-3 since the Christmas break.
"It hurts losing those guys," he said. "They bring a lot of energy and a lot of offensive ability. But we've got other guys that step up, no problem."
The Kings have been down this road many times and the experience has paid off,
"If you look at our team, historically over the last however many years, that's what has made us a good team," Brown said. "When guys are down, one, we have guys that come in and play well, and, two, the current players elevate their game."
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