Matt Greene (upper-body) and Trevor Lewis (lower-body) will both travel to Montreal with the team Monday morning, Darryl Sutter confirmed on Sunday.
“Trevor’s still a ways away, and Greener could be available,” Sutter said.
In a roster move that corresponded partially with Greene nearing a return, Jeff Schultz was assigned to the Manchester Monarchs. Schultz, who did not appear in a game with the Kings, was recalled earlier in the week as an insurance measure because the team had been relying on six healthy defensemen, and a concern arose over Robyn Regehr’s health after he became tangled up along the boards while engaged in a puck battle and suffered what appeared to be an arm injury late in the first period of Monday’s win over St. Louis. Though Regehr went straight to the dressing room after the play, he returned for the second period and played in the wins over Anaheim and the New York Islanders.
Greene and Lewis both took part in the Kings’ practice – which involved a considerable amount of special teams work – on Sunday at Toyota Sports Center.
Matt Greene, on whether he has been “making good progress”:
Yeah, I feel like I’m making progress, getting in shape, getting back to normal. [Reporter: Do you feel like you are on the verge of returning?] I feel like I’m getting ready. Just getting ready to get in there, and see what happens. But, just keep working, that’s all that matters.
Greene, on the team’s play in spite of “significant injuries”:
It’s awesome. It’s awesome. It’s the sign of a good team. I think everyone is extremely happy just knowing that when you watch guys come in and get a chance that work extremely hard, like Marty. You watch him, he just goes about his business the last two years and keeping himself ready. Then when he comes in and plays as well as he has, it’s really good and really rewarding to watch, and everybody’s really happy for him. Then other guys getting a chance – in terms of Trevor going down and the PK still staying just as solid, it’s awesome. It’s awesome to see that happen. And with Scrivvy and Jonesy getting in there and getting a chance and really putting up big numbers it’s great to see. And it shows that you have a lot of confidence in the core of your team to be able to band together when a few guys go down.
Greene, on Martin Jones being “unflappable”:
He’s a really good goaltender. That’s what we heard coming in and it’s tough to see it in practice all the time, but we heard a lot about his numbers in the AHL when he’s playing in Manchester. Then for him to come up to and play here – again I’m watching the game just like you guys are – but he looks pretty comfortable in there and real calm. That’s all you could ask from a young goaltender.
Trevor Lewis, on whether he plans on coming on the road trip:
Yeah, I am. No timetable, just see how it goes. See how it feels and I’ll be there. I’m ready.
Lewis, on whether he’d be available for the road trip opener:
I don’t know yet. We’ll see how it feels after flying and everything. But, I’ve been feeling better out there and a lot more confident and that’s what you need.
Lewis, on how he has progressed in his recovery:
I think a lot of progress [has been made.] From when I first started skating to now, it’s a whole different feeling. I feel pretty much back to normal.
Greene has two goals, three points and a plus-5 rating in 15 games this season, while Lewis has been held without a point while recording a minus-4 rating in 23 games. Both are unrestricted free agents after the season.