So far this season, there has been a lot of talk about the new hit rule, and the Kings are not exempt from this conversation. Dustin Browns hit on Antti Miettenen of the Wild yielded a 5 minute major and ejection from Mondays game for Brown. The Kings have been waiting to hear from the league if there will be any supplemental punishment from Brown but the Kings have yet to receive any sort news or inquires. The grey area surrounding this situation would be determining the “intent” of the hit. If the league were to think that Brown intended to hit Miettenen in the head, a suspension similiar to Shane Doan’s 3-game suspension for hitting the Ducks Dan Sexton. Though, it’s hard to compare the two hits considering Doan’s hit was obviously late.
In case you haven’t seen the hit it question, here it is:
On the injury front, Forward Scott Parse continues to make positive strides since injuring his groin in the Kings first preseason game. Parse was origonaly slated to skate on the second line but without him, the currently line second line of Williams-Stoll-Smyth have been one of the Kings most productive lines.
There is no timetable on his return to the Kings but he is still expected to have a high profile roll when he returns.
All-Star Defensemen Drew Doughty is recovering from a concussion and could be back as early as Thursday in Dallas, but that is very unlikely. His status in Saturdays home return to Staples Center against the the New Jersey Devils is still unknown. Doughty has to pass a baseline test and get medical clearance before being able to play in a game.
Until then, rookie Jake Muzzin will be filling the free spot on the roster.
Goaltender Jonathan Bernier will get his third start of the season against Chicago tonight. Bernier is 1-1 with a GAA of 2.50 and a .918 save percentage so far in this young season. He’s been shaky at times this season and really needs to bring his A-game against the defending Stanley Cup Champs in their arena.