Derek Armstrong, who has missed eight consecutive games with a knee injury, is considered “probable” to play Thursday against Vancouver. Armstrong skated with the full team in practice Wednesday for the first time and said he wasn’t totally pain free but felt good enough to play. “There’s some stiffness, but that just comes with the injury,” Armstrong said. Armstrong, it seems, had a mild MCL issue. “It got lucky. It could have been a lot worse,” he said.
Is there a more underrated player on the Kings’ roster than Armstrong. The Kings showed what they think of him when they locked him up with a two-year contract extension last month. He has a plus-14 rating on a team that has scored 216 goals and allowed 264 (second-worst total in the Western Conference).