Anze Kopitar Injury: Updates on Kings Star’s Upper Body and Return

Updates from Saturday, Nov. 1 

LA Kings Insider provides an update on Anze Kopitar's expected return date:

During Saturday’s practice, Kopitar wore the same color practice jersey as Marian Gaborik, Dustin Brown and Justin Williams. Though Gaborik said he is “very close” to returning, Kopitar is the more likely bet to draw into the lineup for Sunday’s game against the Carolina Hurricanes.

“I’m planning on it unless there is something really drastic that happens,” he said. “But I don’t think I’m going to be doing anything this afternoon. Hopefully it stays that way and hopefully I feel like that tomorrow.


Updates from Tuesday, Oct. 28

Kings general manager Dean Lombardi spoke about the impact of Anze Kopitar's absence on the team with Lisa Dillman of the Los Angeles Times:

Kopitar himself also spoke about his eventual return, via Jon Rosen of


Original Text

Los Angeles Kings center Anze Kopitar left Sunday's game against the Columbus Blue Jackets with an upper-body injury.  

Elliott Teaford of the Los Angeles News Group reported on Kopitar's ailment:

The Associated Press’ Joe Resnick offered more specifics on how Kopitar fared at the Staples Center:

Kopitar is a key fixture in the Kings’ lineup as an alternate captain, and is among the NHL’s best two-way forwards. The defending Stanley Cup champions will hope to have their young star back as soon as possible.

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