Jarret Stoll was an easy man to find during the Kings’ practice Saturday in El Segundo. He was the one wearing a bright green practice jersey to distinguish him from his teammates, who wore white or gold or back colors. Stoll skated a bit, handled the puck some and took some shots on goalie Jonathan Bernier, but he’s only slightly closer to returning to the Kings’ lineup than he was when he suffered a concussion in Game 1 against the San Jose Sharks. The veteran center has made some progress, however. Skating on his own was one step and joining his teammates for a limited workout with them was another.
Jarret Stoll went for his first skate Friday morning since he suffered a head injury in Game of the Kings’ second-round playoff series against the San Jose Sharks. Kings coach Darryl Sutter said there is no timetable for the veteran center’s return to the lineup. Stoll was injured when the Sharks’ Raffi Torres knocked him out of Game 1 with an illegal shoulder-to-head check. Torres was suspended for the rest of the series by the NHL.
The Kings and the San Jose Sharks were expected to make changes to their lineups for Game 3 of their second-round playoff series at 6 p.m. tonight at HP Pavilion. The Kings led the best-of-7 series 2-0 after winning the first two games at Staples Center.
Tanner Pearson, a rookie who has yet to play in an NHL game, skated on the Kings’ fourth line with Brad Richardson and Colin Fraser during the morning skate. It also appeared defenseman Keaton Ellerby would replace Alec Martinez for Game 3.
Center Jarret Stoll continues to suffer from concussion symptoms and is mostly likely out for the rest of the Kings’ second-round playoff series. He was told to stay at home and rest rather than attend the Kings’ 4-3 victory over the San Jose Sharks in Game 2 on Thursday night. He won’t travel with the team to San Jose for Game 3 on Saturday. Stoll was injured by Raffi Torres’ shoulder-to-head check in Game 2. Torres was suspended by the NHL for the rest of the series.
and the Sharks’ repeat offender is suspended for the rest of the Western Conference semifinals. That means it could be a maximum of seven games if the series goes that far. It could be a minimum of three games if the Kings were to sweep. The Kings won
Game 1 2-0 on Tuesday. Torres had a hearing at the NHL headquarters in New York today. He was suspended for an illegal hit to the head. Torres hit Jarret Stoll at 19:02 in the second period of Game 1. Stoll didn’t return to the game and is out.
Kings coach Darryl Sutter likes center Brad Richardson’s game. He had no second thoughts about inserting him into Jarret Stoll’s spot on the third line. But since Richardson plays a position at which the Kings have an embarrassment of riches, Sutter spent most of the regular season scratching him from the lineup.
Here’s a blog entry from our sister paper, the San Jose Mercury News:
The reaction was a mix of disbelief and frustration Wednesday as the Sharks dealt with the fact they may not have Raffi Torres in their lineup for a while.
Here’s more from Kings captain Dustin Brown after Wednesday’s practice:
Team captain Dustin Brown offered his opinions on all things relating to the Raffi Torres-Jarret Stoll incident in the second period of the Kings’ 2-0 victory over the Sharks on Tuesday. Brown gave a level-headed assessment of the play and the possible ramifications when the teams meet for Game 2 on Thursday night. He was calm, cool and collected as he spoke to reporters after Wednesday’s practice.
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.