Brown: “If you’re asking me, I’m in”; morning skate notes
Dustin Brown, who missed the third period of Saturday’s 4-0 win over the Florida Panthers with a chest contusion and traveled to Philadelphia separate from the team, said that he is “feeling fine” and confirmed that he should be able to play against the Flyers tonight (4:00 p.m. PT / FOX Sports West).
“If you’re asking me, I’m in,” Brown said.
Darryl Sutter wouldn’t reveal as much.
“I don’t know,” Sutter responded when asked if Brown would re-enter the lineup.
“He was never really out,” Sutter said, noting that Brown is an active roster player.
The play occurred in the second period when Brown attempted to make a hit on rookie Panthers defenseman Dylan Olsen in a corner. “He was just ready for me,” the Kings’ captain recalled.
“I just got kind of reverse shouldered. It was more precautionary than anything.”
Forward Jordan Nolan remained on the ice for extra work with Matt Greene and Martin Jones, an indication that Brown is likely to remain in the Kings’ lineup. The team did not hold line rushes at the Wells Fargo Center on Monday morning, though Jonathan Quick was the first goaltender to leave the ice and is expected to start tonight’s game, the first of a quick three-game road trip that will also take Los Angeles through Washington and Pittsburgh.
Brown, on getting dinged up:
As a player, you always want to be in the lineup. It’s been a rocky road for me lately, but like I said, I’m good to go.
Brown, on refocusing:
I think the Olympic break was good for that. I missed a couple games with a lower body injury, and coming back I felt fine. I feel like I’m trending in the right direction.
Brown, on the toughest players in the NHL to hit:
It’s one of those questions, like the harder guys to hit, or the guys that you can’t really hit? [Reporter: The guys that are able to withstand it, that have the balance. Jagr, obviously.] Jagr is obviously one of those guys…Doug Murray, when he was in San Jose, it probably hurt me more than it hurt him most times I hit that guy. He’s the one guy that in the Pacific Division – or we used to be in the Pacific Division – that comes to mind. He’s just really heavy.