Good morning from San Jose, where the Kings have returned to their hotel after this morning’s skate. There’s a Thursday Night Football game down the road in Santa Clara, so there’s a good mix of tech conference types and Seattle Seahawks fans in the lobby. Several notes:
-It was an optional morning skate. Jeff Carter did not take part, though he skated yesterday and was seen around the Kings’ areas. There’s no concern. For what it’s worth, Jordan Weal skated in his place once line rushes commenced. Expect yesterday’s rushes and pairings to hold true tonight.
-Jhonas Enroth, come on down! Enroth, signed on July 1, was the first goalie off the ice and is expected to make his Los Angeles debut tonight, which means that the goaltending match-up will be Jhoner versus Joner. Enroth said that though his last game was in the preseason, he felt sharp in practices and is ready to go. In addition to noting that he began playing goal regularly between the ages of 12 and 13, he said that he was also a fan of Martin Gerber when he followed the Swedish Elite League (now the Swedish Hockey League) regularly:
-The Sharks will be without Joonas Donskoi (lower body), Paul Martin (lower body), Ben Smith (facial cuts) and Logan Couture (fractured right fibula), via Kevin Kurz. Raffi Torres took part in San Jose’s skate, but today represents the forward’s seventh game of a 41-game suspension, so his continued participation will be limited to the club’s morning skates. Kurz has more here.
-Darryl Sutter quotes will follow. Kings fans, share your thoughts: