"Willie Mitchell and Alexei Ponikarovsky will both be back in the Kings’ lineup tomorrow night against Columbus, Terry Murray said after practice. Ponikarovsky will fill that first-line left-wing spot. Murray wasn’t ready to announce his fourth line but did say he wanted Kevin Westgarth to play against Columbus and Toronto."
Let us all rejoice and hope they STAY HEALTHY, because the Kings won't be making the playoffs if they are foced to take another 15 game vacation.
Nice to see Ponikarovsky finally get a shot on the first line. Not sure how long that will last or how effective he'll be but maybe his big body can buy Kopitar and Brown some space. He was playing pretty well on the 4th line when he got hurt last time.
Sturm was so awful during the game against Chicago it was painful. I thought he played much better against Nashville so hopefully a couple more weeks playing lower minutes can help him get his confidence and his game going.
This is bizarre. How does Mitchell go from not close and not practicing to returning? Is anyone else having a what the hell moment? And what the HELL WAS HIS INJURY? This scares me because if he is rushing it and his injury becomes exacerbated, we could be in a far worse situation. Color me calmly freaked out.