Yup, it looks Kings will roll with five defensemen tonight
For most people, $160 is a big deal. It’s generally not something that NHL teams sweat, however, but Sportsnet’s Chris Johnston indicates that was gap between the Los Angeles Kings dressing five versus six defensemen tonight:
All signs point to the Kings only dressing five blueliners in part because of an injury to Robyn Regehr, as indicated yesterday.
The Kings did their best to put on a brave face to LA Kings Insider, even if head coach Darryl Sutter said, “Is it ideal? No.”
“I think the last time we had big minutes like this was Game 1 against Anaheim in the playoffs,” Matt Greene said, noting what ended up being a 3-2 overtime win. “I think Reg got banged up pretty quick and then a lot of guys played a lot of minutes. But it happens. You just have to go through what we can play here and that’s it.”
Expect a busy night for Drew Doughty in particular, as LA Kings Insider notes:
Still, Doughty has cracked the 30 minute plateau three times in the last five games and ranks second in the league with a 28:10 time on ice average. He was excellent in logging a season-high 31:46 during Tuesday’s win in Dallas and followed that up with nearly 30 and a half minutes in a shootout loss against the New York Islanders on Thursday.
That isn’t the only injury situation for the Kings, either, as Justin Williams appears to be a game-time decision against the Vancouver Canucks.