December 30, 2011 6:30 pm

Gagne, juniors and the dads

Simon Gagne, out of the lineup since hitting his head near the boards against Phoenix four days ago, remains on injured reserve and is certainly out for tomorrow night’s game, and there’s no timetable for Gagne’s return. Gagne did not do any skating today, and Darryl Sutter offered only this as an update on Gagne: “He’s progressing,’’ Sutter said. “He’s getting that soft-tissue work today. So he’s making progress. That’s the protocol.’’

Things aren’t any sunnier for Team USA, which has been all but eliminated from medal-round contention in the World Junior Championships. The United States, with Kings prospects Derek Forbort and Kevin Gravel, lost 5-2 to the Czech Republic today and fell to 1-2 in the preliminary round. Unless Denmark upsets Finland tonight, USA will go to the relegation round and will not get a chance to play for a medal. Russia and Canada are the two group leaders now, and the U.S. plays Canada tomorrow, but unless Finland loses tonight, that game won’t matter to the U.S.

Finally, a lighter note… The Kings’ “dads trip” ended after last night’s game in Winnipeg. Click below for the final two installments of KingsVision’s series with the dads…

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