The Kings held an optional practice at Toyota Sports Center on Friday morning roughly 13 hours after the conclusion of their 4-3 overtime win over the New York Rangers. A handful of players took the ice, though Matt Greene, who resumed skating earlier this month, was not among them.
After the practice, Darryl Sutter provided an update on the status of both Greene (shoulder surgery) and Marian Gaborik (knee).
“Greene’s on LTI and Gabby’s on LTI and Gabby’s close to skating, so wherever that goes is where it goes,” Sutter said. “Don’t expect any of them back for the regular season.”
That Gaborik is close to resuming skating is a good sign, though this update is no real change in the projected timeframe of a hypothetical return. A window centered around the start of the NHL playoffs remains the general ballpark.
Greene hasn’t played since the third game of the season and underwent shoulder surgery on December 3. Gaborik, who has 12 goals and 22 points in 54 games, injured his knee in a collision with Dominic Moore of the Rangers at Madison Square Garden on February 12, the 99th consecutive game he had played with the Kings.