The Los Angeles Kings had an extremely poor season debut when they put up their Stanley Cup banner, but they may be getting some positive news for Game No. 2 on Tuesday night.
On the same day that the NHL lockout came to its unofficial end, Anze Kopitar suffered an injury playing over in Europe. That injury initially sparked quite the scare throughout the Kings organization and fanbase. The good news that came with that is that the knee injury wasn’t as bad as initially feared.
The word that he should play Tuesday came straight from general manager Dean Lombardi:
— Dennis Bernstein (@DennisTFP) January 21, 2013
The injury was initially expected to keep him out for at least three weeks, but it sounds like Kopitar could already be ready to make his debut against the Colorado Avalanche on Tuesday. As if the Kings needed another reason to come out with intensity after getting run out of their own building by the Chicago Blackhawks on Saturday.
The Kings just did not look good in any facet of the game, whether it was up front, on defense, or between the pipes, as the Hawks ruined their banner raising ceremony with the 5-2 score.
Kopitar was expected to be a potential Selke Trophy finalist at the very least this year, had his season started on time. He had a great playoff run for the Kings and spent last year establishing himself as a truly elite player NHL, meaning that getting him back this early is huge, assuming he is going to play.