Not too much came out of today’s practice. Rob Blake’s equipment remained in his locker stall, so he won’t play Sunday at San Jose and I’d have to consider him doubtful for Tuesday as well. Blake has a neck strain. With only four games left, there’s no sense in pushing it, but it’s disappointing in the sense that the Kings would like to get a look at the Blake-Jack Johnson pairing and get the two of them comfortable with each other.
I got an e-mail asking about Joe Piskula and why he didn’t play the other night. There’s nothing wrong with him, but just remember that Johnson was making his NHL debut. It would be a little rough to have two defensemen in the lineup who were college kids mere weeks ago. That doesn’t mean we won’t see them both in the lineup together, especially since Johnson fared well in his debut and Blake is still out.
The chatter coming off the ice today was about the job the defensemen did on the forwards. In particular, Aaron Miller and Jamie Heward drew praise for their work.
Spent some time talking to Mathieu Garon about his future and I’ll have some of that up later. For now, here are some articles about three Kings prospects that might be of interest. There’s been a lot of talk about Scott Parse recently, and in the Omaha World-Herald he discusses his future.