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Frolov Misses Practice

by Thomas LaRocca / Los Angeles Kings
Alexander Frolov did not skate today due to a tweaked groin.

The Kings returned to the ice Friday after falling to the San Jose Sharks, 2-1 in a shoot out in Ontario. The loss dropped the Kings preseason record to 1-1-1.
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Yesterday the Kings got some good news as Jarret Stoll returned to the ice for the first time this pre-season.

Friday, they got some bad news.

Kings leading goal scorer Alexander Frolov did not participate in practice Friday after tweaking his groin during Thursday night’s 2-1 shoot-out loss to the San Jose Sharks.

"He’s here, he is working out in the off ice part of it," head coach Terry Murray said. "He came out of the game yesterday with a little bit of a sore groin in the middle of the third period, he felt it. So we just kept him off and rehab, take a day of rest and get back out there, hopefully tomorrow."

Frolov, who played in all 82 games as recently as 2006-07, missed the last five games of the 2008-09 season with a groin injury and missed 11 games with a groin the year before.

His only other injuries during his 455-game NHL career were missing 10 games in 2005-06 with a shoulder injury and three games with the flu in that campaign as well. In 2003-04, he missed five games with an ankle injury and missed two his rookie season of 2002-03 with a facial laceration.

Frolov led the Kings with 32 goals a season ago and has scored at least 21 goals in each of the last five seasons.

The Kings announced their lineup for Saturday night’s game vs. the Anaheim Ducks at STAPLES Center (Buy Tickets | Lineup) and Jonathan Bernier was tabbed to go the distance in the Kings net.

"The plan is for Bernier to play the whole game," Murray said. "It will be my second opportunity to see him play. It is unfortunate, with what went down last year with the injury and missing most of the main camp. I am looking forward to see him going again and get an opinion on him."

Bernier played all 60 minutes vs. Phoenix on Tuesday, stopping 21-of-24 vs. in a 4-3 win over the Coyotes. Bernier is challenging Erik Ersberg for the back up spot to No. 1 net minder Jonathan Quick.

Bernier is 1-3-0 with a .864 SV% and a 4.03 GAA in four career starts in the NHL. He appeared in 53 games with the Monarchs last year, posting a 23-24-4 mark with a .910 SV% and a 2.40 GAA.


As we here at have been reporting since this summer, the Kings projected second line is Teddy Purcell, Jarret Stoll and Dustin Brown. Now that Stoll has returned to the ice, Murray can evaluate and see how his line that looks good on paper looks on the ice.

"That’s what I had penciled in back through the late part of the summer to take a look at in training camp," Murray said. "And I still want to stay with that. I like what I am seeing in Teddy Purcell’s game. I think you have two guys in the middle and the right side that have speed, can shoot the puck and score, while Teddy Purcell is a guy who can handle the puck, he sees the ice pretty well and can make some plays.

"I am hoping it could be a good complement to the two of them."

But when will Kings fans see the line in game action?

No time table has been set for Stoll’s return.

"I don’t have a plan, I want to have a conversation with him now that he has had a couple of practices and get a general idea, ‘how are you doing?’ ‘How are you doing?’ ‘What do you see?’ "What do you think you can do?’ ‘When you get into a game and when will it be?’ I’ll just sit down with him and go over the schedule with him with what we have remaining and basically have him tell me when he’s good to go. When he gives me the green light, I will put him in there."
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