Every so often, Kings Coach
Sunday was not that day.
After all, it is the playoffs and the Kings took the opening game against the Ducks in the second round on Saturday night. It's almost a dance: You have to judge Sutter's body language on a daily basis and listen closely to the audio. No one is playing Sutter's words backward, just yet.
"I'm not talking anything about injuries, ever," Sutter said. "It's not something you should have to talk about publicly, it's to protect the player and not give the other team the advantage.
"They [the Ducks] are so smart they don't even announce their goalie until after warmup."
This was regarding the latest injury to hit the decimated Kings' defensive corps.
It was an indication that the issue was serious because of his legendary toughness and ability to play through incredible pain. Regehr played with, among other things, an infected elbow in the Kings' series against Chicago last year.
Barring a last-minute change of plans,
Schultz has 29 games of playoff experience, a fact not lost on Sutter.
"I had a little chat with him this morning and he [Sutter] said, 'Just go out there and play,' " Schultz said. "It's hard to replace a guy like Robyn. But I feel like I'm capable of doing a similar job of what he can do."
Schultz, who spent the season with the Kings'
In 2012, the Kings' run to the
The development meant a sizable media contingent waited for Schultz at the Kings' practice facility in El Segundo. Schultz, who is 6 feet 6, looked surprised by the cameras.
"I didn't see what happened on the play," Schultz said. "I was watching the game in the dressing room, you saw him come in. You wonder. You hope he's not injured too bad because he's such a big part of this team. Unfortunately what happened, happened. We have to look forward and come out hard tomorrow."
The Kings were without Mitchell (knee surgeries) all of last season and
"We've dealt with it," Sutter said. "Injuries are a big part of it. If you use it as an excuse, and I've heard it used as an excuse, it's just another reason to take the wrong road."
The Kings had some fun analyzing the kick save defenseman
"Actually, Darryl gave me a hard time," Martinez said, looking amused. "He said that my rebound control wasn't very good. I told Billy Ranford, our goalie coach, that we should probably go over it today.
"Darryl told me I either have to kick the rebound out wide, not up the middle, or at least cover it and get a whistle. I guess I'll work on that next time."