Bad news for Nokelainen.

He’s officially listed as day-to-day, but center Petteri Nokelainen is looking less and less ready to go for Saturday’s season opener after sitting out Thursday’s practice with a strained groin.

“He wasn’t good enough today to go out on the ice,” head coach Randy Carlyle said. “We’ll make an assessment at some point if he’s going to have to see a specialist again.”

In June, the 23-year-old underwent surgeryto repair two tears in his abdominal muscle. The surgery was performed by Dr. William Myers inPhiladelphia. It is not yet known if this injury, which Nokelainen aggravated Sunday against the Kings, is related to the one that bothered him last season.

“We’ve got to be careful that we’re not putting a player in jeopardy of an extended period of time off the ice,” Carlyle said.

The news was better for winger Joffrey Lupul, who participated in the entire practice after resting Wednesday with back spasms.
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J.P. Hoornstra covers the Dodgers, Angels and Major League Baseball for the Orange County Register, Los Angeles Daily News, Long Beach Press-Telegram, Torrance Daily Breeze, San Gabriel Valley Tribune, Pasadena Star-News, San Bernardino Sun, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, Whittier Daily News and Redlands Daily Facts. Before taking the beat in 2012, J.P. covered the NHL for four years. UCLA gave him a degree once upon a time; when he graduated on schedule, he missed getting Arnold Schwarzenegger's autograph on his diploma by five months.

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