Kings defenseman Matt Greene, pronounced to be “wobbly” by coach Terry Murray this morning after Monday’s collision with Detroit’s Niklas Kronwall, will not play tonight. Greene had played 22 consecutive games after recovering from offseason shoulder surgery.
“I’m not feeling that well,” Greene said after today’s morning skate, in which he did not participate. “It’s probably about the same as yesterday, but I just thought it would get better with time. So far, it hasn’t.”
Greene left Monday’s game after the first period, and Murray expressed some confusion as to why Greene did not return to the game. Murray pronounced Greene ready to play, and Greene practiced Wednesday in St. Louis, but Murray said Greene came to him this morning and said he did not feel well enough to skate. Murray was asked if Greene’s change in status surprised him…
MURRAY: “Yeah, it does. After the conversations I had immediately after the game in Detroit the other night, and then through the day off — we had the off-ice workout — everything was great. I had a meeting, actually, with my leadership group upstairs, and he’s a part of that, and everything was good. He practiced yesterday.”
Question: Will he go see a doctor now?
MURRAY: “That’s out of my hands now. I can just run the on-ice part of it. Kinger [head trainer Chris Kingsley] will take care of that part. He’s going to be in touch with our team doctor and kind of find out what need to be the next steps.”