Health Will Be The Biggest Challenge For The Los Angeles Kings
The Los Angeles Kings had a healthy team entering the 2012 playoffs and it showed as they made their dominant run. Of course health is a question for every team as injuries can strike anyone at any time. While the Kings appear to have a healthy team by the time training camp comes, things can change by the time the season and playoffs start.
Goaltender and Stanley Cup MVP Jonathan Quick had minor back surgery repairing a disc fragment and inflammatory cyst according to the team. Even though they are expecting a full recovery in six weeks, there are goalies that have been plagued by back injuries before. A healthy Quick is the difference between winning the Stanley Cup or losing in the first round.
Justin Williams is a player who has been plagued by injuries once before. Prior to this past season, Williams hasn’t played 75+ games since the 2006-07 season, but he has shown when healthy he can put up points. Williams has found chemistry with Dustin Brown and Anze Kopitar and can have another great season if he stays healthy
Simon Gagne is another player that hasn’t played much hockey in the last few seasons. While the Kings were able to win the Stanley Cup without the majority of his services, the Kings did struggle in the regular season. Gagne is the 2nd/3rd line player who adds incredible depth to any team. This year will be important for Gagne for many reasons. If he stays healthy, he can help the Kings to another playoff run and it will be important to prove his health entering the last year of his contract.
While some other players have been affected by injuries in the past, we have seen injuries strike players even with the best of health. With each of the Kings four lines clicking very well, an injury to any key player could affect how they play.
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