November 20 morning skate notes

-The Kings held an optional morning skate at Toyota Sports Center today. The 14 players who took the ice started drills before John Stevens, Davis Payne and Bill Ranford joined them, so for several minutes the inmates ran the asylum. Because of the small numbers, no line rushes were held.

-Jonathan Quick exited the ice first; expect him to start against Carolina tonight.

-Tanner Pearson, who skated as part of a four-person group with Dwight King, Jeff Carter and Tyler Toffoli yesterday, left the ice shortly before Jordan Nolan, Andy Andreoff and Martin Jones. No players stayed on the ice for extended work, so it’s not clear which two players will sit out tonight’s game. Yesterday, Nolan and Andreoff skated as part of a four-person group that also included Kyle Clifford and Mike Richards.

-Alec Martinez took the ice after the morning skate; it was his second consecutive day skating. Dean Lombardi placed the timetable for his recovery at one week. Though the injury occurred one week ago today, he’s almost certainly out for tonight’s game. Saturday’s game at Dallas could be a target date for his return.

-There’s terrific reporting by The Columbus Dispatch’s Aaron Portzline on a sad, sad story involving former King Jack Johnson. If you haven’t read it yet, it’s right here.

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