The injury saga has dogged the
They could be without one of the
One option is to have
The team also had to get a backup goaltender to Canada for the afternoon game against the Jets. Goalie
Fortunately, for the Kings, their
"Somehow, he's got to get here. Plane, automobile," Sutter said Saturday before the official recall. "If he's in the Midwest, it's not that far to Winnipeg."
He added, joking: "Hell, I could drive to the border and get him."
Coach and chauffeur.
Sutter remains deeply frustrated by the injury issues. Zatkoff first hurt his groin during a morning skate on Oct. 22 and Friday's start was his first since then.
"Is it what it was last time? No," Sutter said. "The thing with goaltending [njuries] — it's something I've said before — it's run through our organization for two years. It's a two-year thing.
"[Campbell] is our only [option]. It's frustrating because you want him playing [for Ontario]. That's why we signed him, because he's a prospect."
With Hall of Fame broadcaster Bob Miller missing some of the Kings' longer trips, the team assembled an All-Star cast of play-by-play announcers to fill in this season. The first "newcomer" to Kings broadcasts is a multiple Emmy winner and an experienced and eloquent hockey voice, Gary Thorne.
You never would have known it had been years since Thorne called an NHL game when he was back in the booth, working with analyst Jim
Apparently, the getting-back-on-a-bicycle analogy works here too.
"It really kind of surprised me," Thorne said on Thursday in Montreal. "The first five minutes and then it is more about the routine and the broadcast than it is about the game. Every broadcast has a routine and a flow and you kind of have to get into that.
"But it was exceedingly easy. I got up after the first period [in Toronto] and it felt like it was last year since I had last done this."
Thorne went to the Kings-
Someone teased Thorne that he may not be allowed to leave after the Kings defeated Toronto, 7-0.
"If they score seven goals a game, I've got a good shot at being around as a mascot," he said, chuckling.
When: Sunday, 11 a.m.
On the air: TV: FS West; Radio: 790.
Update: Jets defenseman