Willie Mitchell has missed five of the past six games with a groin injury, but barring any last-minute setbacks, it appears as though Mitchell will return tomorrow against Toronto. Based on practice today, it would seem that Mitchell will replace Alec Martinez, with Slava Voynov as the other spare defenseman. Asked about Mitchell’s ability to play tomorrow, interim coach John Stevens said, “Indications are very positive. I’ll get a chance to talk to Kinger [trainer Chris Kingsley] here and make that final decision, but I would say he’s probable.’’ Mitchell was more forceful when asked if he was ready to play.

MITCHELL: “Absolutely. Real ready. I just want to get back in there. It’s never fun watching when the team is doing well. … It’s never fun being hurt. It’s a lot easier when things are going well around here. There’s been a lot of change and obviously a lot of losses, so you want to get in there. We’re all competitors and feel we can make a difference, so I just want to get in and hopefully help out in my own little way, and we’ll get going, hopefully get this on track.’’

In goal, Stevens will stay with Jonathan Quick, who was pulled from last night’s game in Detroit after the Red Wings scored three goals on their first seven shots, in less than nine minutes. Jonathan Bernier played the rest of the game and allowed five goals. Quick had not been pulled from a game this season.

STEVENS: “If things had gone well the other night (against Detroit), and we had either won the game or had a chance to win the game, he would have played the whole game and we would have considered Bernie for (tomorrow), but the fact that (Quick) got out of the game early, and the game ended up the way it did, Johnny is a leader on this team, he’s our No. 1 goalie and he’s going to go back in the net for tomorrow.’’

As for Mike Richards, he practiced for a second consecutive day and appeared to ramp up the intensity. Richards started practice doing line rushes with wingers, but then put on a no-contact jersey when battle drills started. Richards has been out since he took a hit to the head on Dec. 1 against Florida.

STEVENS: “Just progressing along. I don’t think anything has changed there. He looked a lot better physically. He had that first day back on the ice, getting his legs back under him in Detroit. It’s tough to push his conditioning a little bit, but I thought he looked really good today, from a conditioning standpoint. He had good jump, made a lot of plays. So it’s encouraging.’’

Rules for Blog Commenting
  • - No profanity, slurs or other offensive language. Replacing letters with symbols does not turn expletives into non-expletives.
  • - Personal attacks against other blog commenters, and/or blatant attempts to antagonize other commenters, are not tolerated. Respectful disagreement is encouraged. Posts that continually express the same singular opinion will be deleted.
  • - Comments that incite political, religious or similar debates will be deleted.
  • - Please do not discuss, or post links to, websites that illegally stream NHL games.
  • - Posting under multiple user names is not allowed. Do not type in all caps. All violations are subject to comment deletion and/or banning of commenters, per the discretion of the blog administrator.
Alec martinez

#27 | 6′ 1″ | 210 lb | Age: 29

Born: July 26, 1987
Birthplace: Rochester Hills, MI, USA
Position: D
Handedness: Left

Bio

Bio: Martinez was drafted by the LA Kings in the 2007 Draft, while playing for Miami University. He has since become a two-time Stanley Cup champion and the 17th man in Stanley Cup playoff history to score the Cup-winning goal in overtime.

VIEW ALEC MARTINEZ POSTS
Anze Kopitar

#11 | 6′ 3″ | 224 lb | Age: 29

Born: August 24, 1987
Birthplace: Jesenice, SVN
Position: C
Handedness: Left

Bio

As the 11th overall pick in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft, Kopitar became the first Slovenian to play in the NHL. Kopitar has spent his entire NHL career with the Kings, and following the 2015–16 season, was named the Kings’ captain. Noted for both his offensive and defensive play, Kopitar was awarded the Frank J. Selke Trophy as the best defensive forward in the NHL in 2016.

VIEW ANZE KOPITAR POSTS
Drew Doughty

#8 | 6′ 1″ | 195 lb | Age: 26

Born: December 8, 1989
Birthplace: London, ON, CAN
Position: D
Handedness: Right

Bio

Bio: Doughty is a Canadian defenceman who was selected second overall by the Kings in the 2008 Draft. Doughty made his NHL debut in 2008 as an 18-year-old and was named to the All-Rookie Team. He is a two-time Stanley Cup champion with the Kings, a two-time Olympic gold medallist with the Canadian national team, and a Norris Trophy finalist.

VIEW DREW DOUGHTY POSTS
Tyler Toffoli

#73 | 6′ 1″ | 200 lb | Age: 24

Born: April 24, 1992
Birthplace: Scarborough, ON, CAN
Position: C
Handedness: Right

Bio

Toffoli is a Canadian professional ice hockey forward, drafted by the Kings in the second round of the 2010 Draft. Toffoli scored his first career NHL goal in his second game in a 4–0 victory over the Phoenix Coyotes in 2013. He was also named the 2012–13 AHL All-Rookie Team.
VIEW TYLER TOFFOLI POSTS

Jeff Carter

#77 | 6′ 4″ | 215 lb | Age: 31

Born: January 1, 1985
Birthplace: London, ON, CAN
Position: C
Handedness: Right

Bio

Carter began his hockey career playing in the Ontario Hockey League in Canada before joining the AHL and playing for the Philadelphia Flyers. He was then traded to the Colombus Blue jackets before joining the LA Kings in 2012, where he has since won two Stanley Cups with the Kings.

VIEW JEFF CARTER POSTS
Jonathan Quick

#32 | 6′ 1″ | 218 lb | Age: 30

Born: January 21, 1986
Birthplace: Milford, CT, USA
Position: G
Handedness: Left

Bio

Bio: Quick is the current goaltender for the LA Kings and was selected by Los Angeles at the 2005 NHL Entry Draft. Previously, Quick was a silver medalist with USA at the 2010 Winter Olympics. He’s won two Stanley Cup championships with the Kings, along with being the most recent goaltender to be awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy as the Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the 2012 Stanley Cup playoffs.

VIEW JONATHAN QUICK POSTS