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Mike Richards is out for Game 2, after all

Jun 2, 2013, 8:06 PM EDT

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Note to self/the Internet: Darryl Sutter calling someone “fine” doesn’t necessarily mean they’re fit to play in a playoff hockey contest.

It turns out that Los Angeles Kings center Mike Richards won’t play in Game 2 against the Chicago Blackhawks on Sunday after taking a big hit from Dave Bolland late in Game 1 on Saturday.

Richards, 28, is officially described as having an “upper-body injury,” according to Jon Rosen of LA Kings Insider. If that’s code for a concussion, that’s bad news, as he’s dealt with some issues in the past.

Tyler Toffoli will take his spot in the lineup while Alec Martinez makes his way into the defensive corps, replacing Jake Muzzin.

The Blackhawks lineup will be the same as yesterday’s mix.

It’s all a bummer for Los Angeles’ pivots, as they were just getting used to the idea of having faceoff demon Jarret Stoll back.

  1. reeggss - Jun 2, 2013 at 8:59 PM

    How was there no suspension when he left his feet on the hit?

  2. hrudey - Jun 2, 2013 at 9:07 PM

    Ugh. At least the rest of the Kings seem to be picking up the slack and making up for Richards’ not-scoring by upping their level of not scoring. The Kings’ offense has just been awful all postseason, and if Quick’s not playing like a kid turned on cheat codes, this series won’t last long at all.

    Oh, and leaving feet does not necessarily equal suspension. It would warrant a charging penalty which wasn’t called, but worrying about game one is counterproductive. Just hoping the Kings can show up sometime for game 2.

    • hrudey - Jun 2, 2013 at 9:24 PM

      That answers that. At least we know now that Regehr can shoot the puck into the net, now someone just needs to explain which net to aim for.

  3. canucks30 - Jun 2, 2013 at 10:03 PM

    If he ain’t playin, you know he’s hurt.

  4. uscthom78 - Jun 2, 2013 at 10:03 PM

    I think Kramer is back in LA, in a comedy club telling off color jokes and bantering with the mostly african american audience. Dear Mr. richards, saying the n word is frowned upon.

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