Willie Mitchell was on the ice for the full practice today — and long after, with the extra skaters — but afterward, John Stevens said he didn’t believe Mitchell would play tomorrow, meaning Mitchell would be out of the lineup for a fifth time in the last six games since he suffered a groin injury.
STEVENS: “He’s doubtful. We’re progressing with him. The concern with him is that he comes back too soon and has a setback. He felt really good today. He’s felt better and better every day, so it’s obviously an encouraging sign that he will be back soon, but I doubt he will be back for tomorrow.’’
As for Mike Richards, he is scheduled to arrive in Detroit some time today, but the Kings have not yet discussed when Richards might be able to participate in practice activities.
STEVENS: “I think we’re going to wait and update his status tomorrow. … As far as what he’s going to do, I think once Kinger [trainer Chris Kingsley] gets a chance to sit down with him, I think we will have a plan moving forward, but I don’t think we want to comment on that until he gets a chance to speak with him.’’