Kings coach Darryl Sutter delivered the news Wednesday in his usual quirky manner. When asked for an update on injured center Jarret Stoll, Sutter said simply, “Missing in action.” When asked whether Stoll might be sidelined long-term by an apparent upper-body injury, Sutter asked, “How long is the series?”
“I really don’t know,” Sutter added.
Stoll won’t play in Game 2 of the Kings’ second-round playoff series against the San Jose Sharks Thursday night at Staples Center. Neither will Raffi Torres of the Sharks, the man who slammed his shoulder into Stoll’s head in the final minute of the second period Tuesday in Game 1.
“I thought it was careless,” Sutter said of the hit.
Was it suspension-worthy?
“Totally leave it up to the league,” Sutter said.
Torres is scheduled to have an in-person hearing with NHL officials today in New York, and won’t be available to play tonight in Los Angeles. He is what’s known as a repeat offender, having drawn a 25-game suspension last season for thumping Marian Hossa of the Chicago Blackhawks. The ban was later reduced to 21 games.