Kris Versteeg suffered an apparent injury when he blocked Dennis Seidenberg’s slapshot with the front of his left skate in the third period of Saturday’s 2-1 win over the Boston Bruins.
— Eric Burger (@Kingsgifs) March 20, 2016
Versteeg fell to the ice and had to be helped over the boards onto the Kings bench by Rob Scuderi. After remaining briefly on the bench, he limped down the tunnel and did not return to the game.
There’s rarely anything shared by the team immediately after a game in which a player suffers an injury, and a hockey operations source told LA Kings Insider that the team “probably won’t know anything more until [Sunday].” Los Angeles is already without the services of Marian Gaborik (knee), Matt Greene (shoulder surgery) and Jordan Nolan (back surgery). Versteeg was acquired to help off-set some of the offense lost from Gaborik’s injury.
Though Gaborik is expected to resume skating soon, and Greene has skated since early this month, Darryl Sutter said on Friday that neither of the two should be expected back before the end of the regular season. Nolan is expected to be out long-term.
In eight games with the Kings, Versteeg has two goals, three points and a plus-four rating. In 71 games overall, he has 13 goals, 36 assists and a minus-two rating.