CHICAGO -- Los Angeles Kings center Mike Richards (concussion) made the trip here for Game 5 of the Western Conference Final against the Chicago Blackhawks on Saturday (8 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC, RDS), but it's likely he'll miss his fourth straight game.
"Honestly, I couldn't tell you," Kings coach Darryl Sutter said. "It is doubtful at best."
Richards hasn't played since he was hit hard behind the goal line by Chicago center Dave Bolland in Game 1. Richards skated the day in between Games 3 and 4, but Sutter said he did not do much in the way of a workout Thursday and the Kings did not skate Friday.
The groove of being behind a bench is going to be interesting at first, but thank God we have a few exhibition games to get rid of those cobwebs. Overall the excitement of it all and the freshness and coming back refreshed, all those things are going to be assets. If [the players] come ready to give their best effort in practice and games, good things are going to happen. I'm always looking for results. It's not always on the scoreboard. It's winning and building something.
— Bryan Trottier on making his return to coaching as an assistant with the Sabres