Kings miss what center Jarret Stoll delivers but hope he’s back soon

Jarret Stoll isn’t an All-Star center in the eyes of everyone around the NHL, but he adds needed elements to the Kings’ game they certainly could use in the Western Conference finals against either the Chicago Blackhawks or the Detroit Red Wings. Stoll was missed during the Kings’ grinding seven-game victory over the San Jose Sharks, according to forward Mike Richards. Here’s what Richards said Wednesday about the absence of Stoll, who suffered a concussion in Game 1 against the Sharks:

“You could see it on the penalty-kill and on faceoffs. I think we were under 50 percent on faceoffs for most of the series. When you’re winning faceoffs, you have the puck consistently … instead of defending and chasing the puck. It’ll be a big boost for us for him to play (in the conference finals) and to play with a full roster.”

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