The steady drumbeat of encouraging news regarding several high profile Kings’ attempts to return from injuries continued on Sunday when Darryl Sutter confirmed that Drew Doughty (upper-body), Jarret Stoll (hip surgery) and Jonathan Quick (wrist surgery) have been cleared to play and are on the verge of returning to the lineup for the final slate of preseason games. None of the three are expected to play tonight.
Marian Gaborik, who has been held out of practice for the last two days with what was described as a maintenance issue that wasn’t serious, skated early Sunday. He won’t play against Anaheim, either.
Darryl Sutter, on Drew Doughty’s status:
He’s ready to go. He could’ve played today. Just a couple more days. He doesn’t need four games. Just two or three. [Reporter: How about Jarret?] He’s ready to go. Everybody that was [hurt] – obviously Cliffy’s been playing, he was cleared. And the other guys have been cleared, so hopefully we get through tonight all right. Gabby skated this morning, so we’ll just kind of go from there.
Sutter, on Jonathan Quick looking to get into a pair of preseason games:
You know what? I’ll talk to him tomorrow night. We’ll just see. He’s ready to go, too. He’s totally cleared.
Sutter, on the encouraging news:
I don’t want to talk about it, because we just want to get through the next 10 days. I’ve been down that. You’re literally one injury away from that, and if you look at it, the guys that we’re bringin back into the lineup, Jonathan’s missed a lot of games in the last three years, and Gabby’s missed a lot of games. Drew missed the end of the season last year. If we wouldn’t have been in a playoff position, he probably would’ve had to play hurt. Stolly’s injury – when you get your hip operated on, it’s a major injury. So we’ve been able to get through with guys like Greener, who missed most of the year last year because of injury, and the lockout year. So hopefully we just get through the next 10 days.