Kings center Anze Kopitar to the rescue … or something like that.
Kopitar pronounced himself good to go for Tuesday night's game at Colorado, the first stop of a three-game trip for the Kings. He suffered a sprained right knee a little more than two weeks ago playing in Sweden during the lockout.
He has resumed practicing with contact and went through Monday's session without any obvious issues. Kopitar noted it was difficult to be sidelined for Saturday's season-opener against the Blackhawks, a 5-2 loss.
"It was not the most fun experience in my life," Kopitar said.
He was able to skate on the ice during the pregame ceremony in which the Stanley Cup banner was raised and the players received their rings.
"It was hard to skate off the ice. I was actually joking around with my trainer, if I just stay off on the bench they're not going to drag me off the ice," Kopitar said, smiling. "But it was a smart decision and I'll be ready to go tomorrow."
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