At a time when they are already down one defenseman, the
Gilbert will have a telephone hearing with the league Thursday. If punished, he could be fined or suspended.
Ritchie did not return to the game and underwent the protocol for suspected head injuries.
"They take the precautionary steps that are necessary and it's basically up to what the player tells the doctors here [in] the next 10, 12, 24 hours, whatever time it takes," Ducks Coach Randy Carlyle said Wednesday.
For the Kings, the possible loss of Gilbert would further affect a defense corps depleted by an injury to Brayden McNabb. Though the season has been dominated by Kings injury concerns at goal and defense, the team has been unable to score in the last week, getting shut out in three consecutive games to match a franchise mark set in 1968-69.
After the loss to the Ducks, Kings Coach
"Because it's true. You have to be realistic: not just me, you, the players, everybody," Sutter said Wednesday. "It's not the same team. We're in the middle of the pack and we're going to have to fight like hell.
"As I said, to stay in it until we get guys back, one at a time. We're not going to win every game, not going to lose every game. And you're going to go through stretches where you don't score."
Said Kings winger
"You can't sacrifice the rest of our game to find goals."
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