A road trip can be tough on players, but having to stay behind during a road trip can be even tougher. Scott Parse is in that position now. Parse, recovering from November hip surgery, isn’t yet at the point at which it makes sense for him to travel with the team. So while the Kings are gone for 11 days, Parse will skate by himself in El Segundo, doing rehab work as prescribed by the team. “It’s hard, but what can you do?” Parse said. The improvement has been slow but steady, and Parse has been doing intense skating in practice for about a half hour per day this week. Parse said he hadn’t set a timetable, or a target date, for his return, but perhaps by the time the Kings return from the road, that might be more realistic.
PARSE: “It gets better every day, but it’s still a little ways away here. I don’t know a date or anything. I can’t practice yet, full-bore, but it’s getting better though. That’s all I can hope for. … I’m better now than where I was last week.”