December 11 morning skate notes

Good afternoon from the team hotel in Pittsburgh, where the Kings have returned for a team meal and nap time in advance of tonight’s game against the Penguins (4:00 p.m. PT / FOX Sports West / KABC 790 / I Heart Radio).

There wasn’t a ton to report from the Kings’ morning skate, which was optional. Expect lines and pairings shown yesterday to hold up: Pearson-Kopitar-Gaborik, Lucic-Carter-Toffoli, Mersch-Shore-Brown, Andreoff-Weal-Nolan; McNabb-Doughty, Muzzin-Martinez, Ehrhoff-McBain. Jonathan Quick left the ice first and will start in net, which was expected as it seemed to be a given that Jhonas Enroth would start against the Sabres, his former team, on tomorrow’s conclusion to the back-to-back set.

The bigger news came from the Penguins’ room. According to Head Coach Mike Johnston and reporters, top defenseman Kris Letang, who didn’t play in Los Angeles last Saturday, suffered an “upper-body” injury during Pittsburgh’s game in Colorado on Wednesday and is out indefinitely. Letang has one goal, 14 points and a minus-14 rating in 25 games this season while averaging a team-best 26:15 of ice time.

I’ll post a story on the Kings’ rush opportunities, which aren’t necessarily a staple of the team’s attack but were there the last time they played Pittsburgh, a club that enters tonight’s game with strong defensive credentials, after today’s Darryl Sutter quotes. Enjoy your Friday, Insiders.

Rules for Blog Commenting

  • No profanity, slurs or other offensive language. Replacing letters with symbols does not turn expletives into non-expletives.
  • Personal attacks against other blog commenters, and/or blatant attempts to antagonize other comments, are not tolerated. Respectful disagreement is encouraged. Posts that continually express the same singular opinion will be deleted.
  • Comments that incite political, religious or similar debates will be deleted.
  • Please do not discuss, or post links to websites that illegally stream NHL games.
  • Posting under multiple user names is not allowed. Do not type in all caps. All violations are subject to comment deletion and/or banning of commenters, per the discretion of the blog administrator.