The Kings’ once rock-solid defense continues to absorb body blows like a heavyweight fighter. Already without the services of arguably their best blueliner during the second half of last season, Willie Mitchell, now comes word that Matt Greene is out and not likely to play tomorrow night vs. the Colorado Avalanche.
So, enter Jake Muzzin. He of 11 games of NHL experience.
Muzzin made his debut with the Kings back in October 2010 vs. Vancouver. However, he was soon sent to Manchester, where he’s spent the last two seasons preparing for this moment.
“It’s everybody’s (dream), you want to play in the NHL,” said Muzzin following practice today. “You work to play in the NHL. So to be here and to get a chance to play – I just want to go out and keep it simple, play my game and hopefully play well, continue to play well. And stay the rest of the year.”
He also was quick to point out that nothing is official yet – “They haven’t told me anything yet, but I would think if Greener’s out, that I would play tomorrow in Colorado and we’ll take it from there.”
As for Greene’s status, Darryl Sutter was rather vague when asked for any information, noting only that he went to the doctor with a “mid-body” injury. After being asked when it took place, the coach said – “During the game. He’s one of the guys that played hard for us, so there was a chance that he was going to get banged up.”
Things became a little more clear later in the afternoon after the club placed Greene on injured reserve (retroactive to January 19) and recalled Andrew Bodnarchuk from Manchester to replace his spot on the roster. Early reports said that Greene would likely miss the remainder of the season with a back injury. However, MayorsManor has checked into that claim and our sources say he’s estimated to be out 6-12 weeks, depending on how he heals. It remains unclear at the moment if he’s having surgery.
The only thing the club has said about the injury is – “Matt Greene was placed on IR today due to a mid-body injury. As for recovery timeframe, we plan for the worst and hope for the best.”