No Mitchell, Carter; practice line rushes
Willie Mitchell did not take the ice at the Kings’ practice on Friday, which shouldn’t come as a surprise after Darryl Sutter said prior to Game 7 that “Hopefully there’s a chance that if there’s some sort of miracle that we can win tonight, that we could get him back again this year,” a declaration that didn’t exactly give a day-to-day-type prognosis of the ailment. Mitchell appeared to fall awkwardly while killing a 5-on-3 San Jose power play in Game 6.
Also not taking the ice for practice: Jeff Carter. After logging 17:49, 20:19 and 20:29 of ice time over the first three games of the San Jose series, Carter drew 14:53, 15:53, 13:07 and 14:06 over the final four games of the series. According to the Game 7 play-by-play log, he was on the ice with under a minute to play in Game 7.
Playoff injury information doesn’t always flow freely, to put it mildly. I’ll post updates provided by Sutter following today’s media session.
Forward ine groupings in practice, determined by color coordinated jerseys:
White: Gaborik – Kopitar – Brown
Yellow: Pearson – Nolan – Toffoli
Purple: King – Stoll – Williams
Red: Clifford – Richards – Lewis