Anze Kopitar News
Los Angeles Kings
Kopitar (illness) will not play on Monday afternoon.
Because of the early part there was no word prior to warmups that Kopitar was under the weather. The Kings first line centre is considered day-to-day.
Kopitar (upper-body) is not on the ice for warmups; will not play vs. New Jersey.
Kopitar (upper-body) missed Monday’s practice; expected to miss Tuesday’s game in Colorado.
Kopitar missed Sunday’s game in Winnipeg and it sounds like he is a ways away from returning to the lineup. With Kopitar out, Jeff Carter is expected to continue to centre the top line with Trevor Lewis seeing an expanded role.
Kopitar (lower-body) is expected to return to the Kings lineup on Tuesday.
Kopitar (lower-body) did not skate this morning; not expected to play vs. Nashville.
Kopitar left Thursday’s game with a lower-body and did not return.
Kopitar left the game after playing just 5:12 TOI but there is no indication how he suffered the injury. Kopitar has nine points (4G / 5A) in eight games since the All-Star break and has been on a tear since the middle of December, so this would be a huge loss at both ends of the ice. Expect an update on Kopitar’s status heading into the weekend.
The Kings have signed Anze Kopitar to an eight-year contract extension.
Kopitar, 28, has spent his entire NHL career with the Kings after the club selected him in the first-round (11th overall) of the 2005 NHL Entry Draft. In 725 regular season games he has 645 points (230G / 415A), a plus-62 rating and 194 penalty minutes, while in 70 postseason games he has 60 points (18G / 42A), a plus-22 rating and 37 penalty minutes en route to two Stanley Cups.
Kopitar (upper-body) took part in the morning skate; expected to play on Thursday.
Kopitar left Tuesday’s game with an upper-body injury, but he said he felt fine after the game and will play tonight vs. the Blue Jackets. Kopitar has four goals in 12 games this season—three of which have come in the last six games.
Kopitar left Tuesday’s game with an upper-body injury and did not return.
Kopitar took an elbow to the face early in Tuesday’s loss to the Blues. Kopitar played just 5:04 before retiring to the dressing room for the evening. There was no update on his status following the game, but expect the Kings to provide the severity of his injury within the next 24 hours.
Kopitar (upper-body) is on the ice for pregame warmups; should be in the lineup today.
Kopitar missed the last three games with an upper-body injury, but should be back in the lineup today vs. Carolina. He had just two goals and one assist in the first eight games, but with Gaborik also back on his wing tonight, expect both of them to get going.
Kopitar (upper-body) is expected to return to the Kings' lineup on Sunday.
Kopitar has missed the last three games with an upper-body injury that he suffered vs. Columbus last Sunday. If he returns, he will take Jordan Nolan's (suspended) spot in the lineup and will return to his line with Dwight King and Dustin Brown. Kopitar has been off to a slow start, posting just two goals and one assist in his first eight games.
Kopitar (upper-body) likely will not play on Tuesday.
Kopitar was on the ice for the Kings morning skate, but sated as an extra. With Kopitar out, Mike Richards will move up to play between Dwight King and Dustin Brown, but the Kings will have to play with just 11 forwards and six D because Kopitar is out and they are strapped up against the cap because Slava Voynov essentially counts as a healthy scratch despite being suspended indefinitely. Kopitar is likely out for the first two games of the road trip.
Kopitar (upper-body) appears to be out on Tuesday.
Kopitar, who suffered an upper-body injury on Sunday is on the ice for the Kings morning skate, but he is skating with Marian Gaborik as an extra---a good indication that he will not be in the lineup tonight. Stay tuned.
Kopitar (upper-body) will travel with the Kings to Philadelphia.
Kopitar left Sunday's game with an upper-body injury and did not return. Kopitar was rocked by Tim Erixon and retired to the dressing room shortly after. The Kings say they are "going to be careful" with Kopitar's injury, so there is a good chance he won't be available on Tuesday vs. the Flyers. A more detailed injury report is expected to be available tomorrow.