Jarret Stoll and Ian White were texting each other over the weekend. Stoll was suspended one game by the NHL for hitting White into the end boards Thursday, which resulted in the Sharks defenseman missing Game 2 himself with a head injury.
“We just chatted a couple times,” said Stoll. “He appreciated the text and me reaching out to him. I wanted to make sure I did that, let him know I didn’t want to hurt him in any way.”
Heck, they could have discussed the incident in the press box at HP Pavilion (although it’s worth debating whether climbing several flights of stairs to watch a hockey game being played more than 100 feet below you is recommended for anyone coming off a head injury).
Stoll and White can continue their conversation on the ice Tuesday at Staples Center, when the Sharks and Kings clash in Game 3 of the first-round playoff series.
White told reporters Monday in San Jose that he’s feeling well enough to play. Among the Sharks’ better point-producing defensemen, a healthy White could cause the Kings some trouble. But Stoll was understandably relieved at the news that White had returned to practice.
“That’s good to hear,” he said. “From the start, there wasn’t any intent to go in and hurt the guy. I know him a little bit, playing against him in junior. I know he’s a good guy.”
Having served his one-game suspension, Stoll will return to his usual perch between Ryan Smyth and Justin Williams, Kings head coach Terry Murray said Monday. Oscar Moller figures to come out of the lineup. Here’s how the rest of the lines and defense pairs looked in practice Monday:
Dustin Penner-Michal Handzus-Dustin Brown
Kyle Clifford-Brad Richardson-Wayne Simmonds
Alexei Ponikarovsky-Trevor Lewis-Kevin Westgarth
(Scott Parse-Oscar Moller)
Willie Mitchell-Drew Doughty
Rob Scuderi-Jack Johnson
Matt Greene-Alec Martinez
Davis Drewiske-Peter Harrold
More on Stoll’s return in tomorrow’s notebooks.