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Sutter decided to scratch Richards after warm-up

Jun 2, 2013, 11:49 PM EDT

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More than a few eyebrows were raised after the Los Angeles Kings decided not to play Mike Richards in Game 2 despite head coach Darryl Sutter’s assurances that the center was “fine.”

Sutter reiterated that the 28-year-old is fine. He also gave some context as to the difference he sees between a player being “fine” and “100 percent,” stating why he decided to scratch Richards after the Kings warmed up.

“He was fine today, then I think just once his blood got pumping tonight, the adrenaline got going, there were symptoms,” Sutter said. “I went in right after warm-up, he was sitting there and I said, ‘Unless you’re 100 percent, you’re not playing.'”

Sutter seemed please with how Tyler Toffoli and Jeff Carter adjusted to the situation, even if losing Richards still hurts.

“Quite honestly, once I knew he wasn’t playing, I said, ‘Jeff, you’re playing center. Tyler, you go up and play right wing.’ Really didn’t affect that line at all,” Sutter said. “Obviously, it’s a big hole. Same thing we talked about last year. Different spot in the center. At the same time I thought we handled that part really well.”

Regardless, the Kings have a long way to go.

  1. blomfeld - Jun 3, 2013 at 1:40 AM

    HAWKS IN FOUR !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :)

  2. jonkchar - Jun 3, 2013 at 5:58 AM

    I thought blomfeld was a Kings fan? bandwagon I guess eh?

  3. jacketsfan7 - Jun 3, 2013 at 7:41 AM

    Toffoli DIDN’T have an affect on the line? 1goal and 1 assist yeah he made no difference sutter

  4. crashq - Jun 3, 2013 at 1:01 PM

    I love the inconsistent NHL discipline. Bolland prposely left his feet and targeted Richards head, even if hew hit his chest first. It was clearly a penalty and a suspendable offense, if you go by the criterai that Shanahan and company have published in their explanatory video. In addition, Shanahan always hands out discipline if there is an injury regardless of whether it matches the rule. Richards was clearly concussed by the hit, so where is the discipline?

    There was no mention of this play even being reviewed. Gryba and Torres got suspended for hitting the chest (primarily) and incidentally hitting the head afterward. I guess the original six teams get a pass because they get bigger national ratings.

    P.S. I am a Sharks fan, so I really don’t care about teh Kings, but this completelt changed this series. Bolland should be suspended.

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