Most of the Kings had to work Monday despite the holiday. But the one guy who got the day off was the player the Kings missed most.
Captain Anze Kopitar called in sick, and without him the team’s offense fizzled in a 2-1 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning.
“You always miss really good hockey players you don’t have,” Coach Darryl Sutter said.
Especially when they’re on a streak such as Kopitar has enjoyed recently, one that has seen him score one goal, assist on six others and win nearly 60% of his faceoffs in his last four games, three of which his team won.
Kopitar skated in practice Sunday but didn’t dress Monday. That left a big...