Kopitar (flu) will play vs. Austria.
Slovenia will have their start forward Anze Kopitar in their elimination game this afternoon after he missed half of their third preliminary game vs. the USA with the flu.
Kopitar pronounced himself good to go for Tuesday night’s game at Colorado.
Kopitar was expected to miss 2-4 weeks when he first strained his knee.... Forget that! He only missed the Kings season opener. This is fantastic news for people who took Kopitar because you probably got him later than you should have because of the injury. Kopitar is a must-start in all formats.
Sutter ruled out Kopitar for Saturday.
No real surprise here. Kopitar was expected to miss the start of the season. Monitor his status going forward and get him in your lineup as soon as he is ready to go.
Kopitar skating with Stewart and Toffoli and doing all the drills.
Kopitar continues to progress faster than expected. He could return to the Kings soon. He's an elite talent, if you still have your draft get him before he falls.
Kopitar taking part in drills in regular practice.
Kopitar was originally expected to miss 2-4 weeks, but looks like he's going to be back sooner than expected. Good news for owners who got Kopitar much later than they should have. If you still have a draft... Don't let him drop too far.
Source: Jim Fox 01/16/13, 9:08 am EST
Anze Kopitar skated at the Los Angeles Kings' training complex Monday with a brace on his sprained right knee.
Kopitar was expected to miss a few weeks with his knee injury, but is progressing well and could be back earlier than expected. Don't let him fall too far in your draft.
Los Angeles Kings centre Anze Kopitar is expected to be out three weeks after suffering a minor knee injury while playing in Sweden Saturday
Kopitar was playing in a lower level Swedish league when sustaining the injury. He is expected to miss time if the season resumes in mid-January posing a problem for the Kings who had most players opt out of playing during the lockout.
Source: TSN 01/6/13, 9:02 am EST
Kopitar is skating in morning skate-all looks well!
As expected, nothing to worry about with regards to the Kings' #1 centre. Kopitar currently leads the team in scoring with 14 goals and 42 points in 46 games.
Source: Jim Fox 01/17/12, 9:47 am EST
Kopitar’s absence has not been explained yet, but it’s likely a “maintenance day,” particularly given the number of big hits Kopitar has taken of late. The fact that Kevin Westgarth is practicing with the first line suggests that Kopitar will be back tomorrow.
Doesn't sound like something to worry about yet. Kopitar hasn't missed any playing time since taking a big hit from Brendan Morrow.
Anze Kopitar is scheduled to play.
After taking a hard hit to the face from Brenden Morrow, Kopitar is OK. Expect him to play tonight in all situations.
Anze Kopitar talked to reporters and said he was fine after last night’s huge hit from Dallas’ Brenden Morrow, which took him out of the game.
Great news for everyone invested in the star center. His 40 points in 44 games lead all Kings players by a healthy margin. Expect him to continue centering the top line.
Darryl Sutter’s only update on Anze Kopitar was that Kopitar “will probably be fine. He’s got a bloody nose.” Kopitar took a huge hit, in the upper chest/shoulder area, from Dallas’ Brenden Morrow with less than eight minutes remaining in the third period and did not return.
Losing Kopitar for a long amount of time would be a big blow to fantasy hockey owners and the Kings. The dreaded C word has yet to be used to describe his ailments which should be considered a good thing.
Kings center Anze Kopitar has notched two points in four of the team's first five games, including a goal and assist in Tuesday's 5-0 win over St. Louis.
Kopitar has been on a tear to start the season. At this point he should be considered an elite center across all fantasy hockey formats.
Kopitar was downright dominant for long stretches of the Kings’ season-opening victory over the New York Rangers, with a goal and an assist, and in Saturday’s loss to Buffalo, he scored the Kings’ two goals
Kopitar has three goals and four points over his first two games, dominating his opposition. At this rate, he could fully break out into the elite and possibly top 100 points.
Anze Kopitar centering Dustin Penner and Justin Williams
Kopitar is flanked by 22 goals by Williams and 23 goals from Penner not to mention likely having Drew Doughty on the five man unit. Expect around 30 goals and 80 points on the season as he enjoys some alleviated pressure from second line center Mike Richards.
"The only worry I had was whether I could get into the right shape," Kopitar said, "the right conditioning that I'm supposed to be in and that I want to be in. It turned out good. Once I got the walking boot off and I could walk on my own, I just started doing a lot of rehab work, getting my ankle stronger. Next thing you know, I was running already."
Certainly sounds like Kopitar is fully healthy. The Slovenian pivot scored 25 goals and 73 points last season. Feel free to draft him as early as the first or second round.
The rehab went really well, and I’ve been skating a bit here lately. For a month and a half, actually. So it feels good, 100 percent.
All reports list Kopitar as fully healthy, draft accordingly.
Everything else was in place. He’s been skating for the last month. So he’s good to go.
Feel comfortable drafting Kopitar accordingly. Adding Mike Richards to the Kings lineup should only help take pressure off the Slovenian superstar.