Keith, a repeat offender, had a telephone hearing Wednesday morning with the league's department of player safety regarding the incident. He practiced with his teammates at
His absence will be a major concern for Chicago, which leads the series two games to one. It would be somewhat comparable to the Kings having to play without All-Star defenseman
"It is not an accidental high stick. Nor is it a defensive high stick to an opponent," said Brendan Shanahan, the
The incident occurred at 7 minutes 58 seconds of the second period and Keith received a double-minor for high-sticking. Keith apologized to Carter for his actions, and Carter left the game briefly. He needed 20 stitches and there was some dental damage.
It would appear that defenseman
"For sure, I'm ready," Brookbank said after practice. "I had another stretch in my career one time where I didn't play for a while too. I feel like I'm ready to go. It's not easy staying with it, staying ready.
"It's part of the job. It's one of the reasons they brought me here."