Today’s buzzkill for the Kings, after their win 2-1 win against Calgary last night, is a shoulder injury to right wing Justin Williams.
Williams left the game in the second period after being checked into the boards by defenseman Robyn Regehr and did not return.
Rich Hammond with the LA Kings Insider reported this afternoon Williams may miss 3-4 weeks with the injury (and thus the rest of the regular season) but could return for the playoffs.
To fill in Williams’ spot, the Kings have called up Oscar Moller from the Manchester Monarchs.
The 29-year-old Williams, who has been plagued with injuries through his career, has 22 goals and 57 points this season, his best showing since the ’06-’07 campaign with the Carolina Hurricanes. He had been playing on the Kings’ top line with center Anze Kopitar and recently acquired left wing Dustin Penner.
Picked up in a in a three-way trade with Carolina and Edmonton for Patrick O’Sullivan and a second-round pick in 2009, Williams missed 28 games last year with a broken right leg.
Moller has played four games this season as a King and has a goal and two assists. At Manchester, he was second on the team in scoring with 23 goals and 50 points in 59 games.
In other roster news, left wing Kyle Clifford should return soon, as he practiced the entire morning skate Monday. He is showing no sign of concussion symptoms, stemming from the March 17 contest against the St. Louis Blues. (UPDATE: Clifford has been cleared to play Thursday against San Jose.)
Winger Scott Parse, who has been on the injured reserve since November from hip surgery, skated for 10 minutes this morning in practice. Afterward, he told reporters he does not feel 100 percent.