The uphill climb towards a repeat of their first Stanley Cup title in franchise history just got a whole lot more difficult.
After playing in every single game for the Los Angeles Kings in 2011-2012, Matt Greene is already looking at sitting out for the entire year this season. Greene suffered a back injury against the Chicago Blackhawks.
Greene played his regular minutes for the Kings in their opener against Chicago on Saturday and didn’t appear to leave the game with any sort of injury. In fact, it seemed like business as usual. But word came down on Monday that Greene would probably be out about three months, which takes us to the end of this shortened regular season.
As far as points, the Kings’ lineup isn’t going to miss a lot without Greene. He had a career high for points last year with 15. But he’s a steady presence on the blue line and a very good penalty killer. He’s also an alternate captain, which leaves a void from a leadership perspective as well.
When you add Greene’s injury to Willie Mitchell already being out as he recovers from knee surgery, this injury has the potential to be a devastating one for the Kings. They may have one of the top d-men in the league anchoring their blue line, in Drew Doughty, but no Greene and no Mitchell is a huge blow to this defensive corps.
The Kings recalled Andrew Bodnarchuk to replace Greene on the roster. However, a guy with five games of experience at the top level isn’t likely a long term solution. They may have to look outside the organization for some blue line help. Whether that’s through a trade or free agency, we’ll have to wait and see.