At the beginning of the season things were looking up for the Los Angeles Kings. The team got veteran defenseman Willie Mitchell back after missing all of last season with a lower body injury. Goalie Jonathan Quick had a full preseason and training camp in order to work out any kinks in his game and problems with his back. All around the Kings were healthy and a complete team.
Boy have things changed. The Kings have got bit by the injury bug of late and they have gotten bit hard.
It all started when the Kings placed their top offensive threat, Jeff Carter on injured reserve at the end of last month with a lower body injury. There is still no time frame on his return, although one is expected by the end of the week.
Okay things are still good, we’ll have some young studs come up from Manchester and fill the void. We’re good don’t worry.
Then last night Quick went down during overtime of the Kings’ shootout loss to the Buffalo Sabres. Hey, at least we have Jonathan Bern… oh wait. Well this is kind of big, now the Kings have to rely on Ben Scrivens who has only seen playing time five times this season, and only two of those being full game starts. Now with Scrivens starting for the immediate future, it looks like Martin Jones will get the call to back up for the big club.
Now, when you thought things couldn’t get much worse, it comes out that defenseman Matt Greene has been placed on long term injured reserve with an undisclosed upper body injury. Looks like its time to give Manchester another call. Good thing we haven’t lost any defensive depth lately, oh wait we lost Keaton Ellerby on waivers. Awesome.
Over this time, the Kings have also lost Jarret Stoll and Kyle Clifford, those two are still listed as day-to-day but are still influential players that will have to be replaced with some young talent or depth already in the line-up.
So lets recap, in the last two weeks the Kings have lost their top offensive threat, their number one goalie and one of their top defenseman.
Hold on everyone, this could get a little bumpy.