Their last five-on-five goal was scored Feb. 12 against the
Since then, the
It can be explained, in part, by the loss of two of their better five-on-five players to injuries on an unforgiving trip for the Kings. Winger
Kopitar, at least, is still with the team. He didn't take the ice for an optional workout — in fact, many skipped Friday's session — and more won't be known about his status until Saturday's morning skate here.
If he misses the game against the
"He's our best player, so it's a big loss for us,' Kings forward
"I don't know the extent of his injury, and all that, but these are the times where you really find out what you're made of."
They are expected to recall forward Michael Mersch from their
Kopitar was limited to five-plus minutes of ice time and was unavailable after the first period in St. Louis. The Blues won, 2-1, in overtime.
"We lost him pretty early," Brown said. "Going into the next game, if he's not able to play, at least we'll have that extra guy in the lineup. It's tough to lose a guy that early in the game because we had to do it with Gabby [Gaborik] in New York. The rhythm of the bench [changes] because you're missing a player pretty much essentially the whole game.
"Again, we'll move forward."
Kings forwards Andy Andreoff (6 minutes 30 seconds) and Tanner Pearson (8:40) played sparingly against the Blues. Defenseman
"That's remarkable," Kings goalie
Quick missed three games after getting injured in the final seconds in the opening game of the trip, at Boston. He has been exceptional in his two starts since returning.
"I feel good. I was hoping to come back sooner," he said. "You hate watching games. You always want to be part of it. That's tougher watching than playing."
Quick was called for tripping in the first period — and the Blues scored on the ensuing power play — and he and Kings Coach
"That's a bad call. That's what I told the referees…. I'm sure Jonathan Quick was trying to trip him," said Sutter, sarcastically. "It's hockey, not basketball. And they scored on it."
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