LA Kings center Anze Kopitar forced from OT loss to Blues with lower-body injury, status is day to day

UPDATE: Reports indicate Kings center Anze Kopitar’s status is day to day.

The Kings don’t like to talk about injuries. Ever. But it was difficult to ignore the fact that Kopitar didn’t play after the first period of what turned out to be a 2-1 overtime loss Thursday to the Blues in St. Louis. Kings coach Darryl Sutter told reporters in St. Louis who asked if there was a postgame update on the team’s leading scorer, “No. It doesn’t come, injuries, from the head coach.”

Kopitar was unavailable for immediate comment and it was unclear when he was hurt.

So, it wasn’t immediately certain whether Kopitar could play Saturday against the Predators in Nashville, the final stop on a seven-game trip, the Kings’ longest of the season. Kopitar played only nine shifts and a total of 5:12 in the first period before departing the game. A team spokesman told reporters that Kopitar suffered a lower-body injury and was “questionable” to return to the game.

Kopitar leads the Kings with 51 points (17 goals, 34 assists) in 57 games.