The Kings practiced on Monday following a 1-1-0 weekend in which the Kings went up to San Jose and dropped the Sharks, 2-1, and then fell at Anaheim on Sunday, 3-2. In both games, the Kings lead, 2-0.
Kings defenseman Jaroslav Modry, who leads the team in plus/minus with a +7 rating, did not skate Monday as he returned to his native Czech Republic to attend to a family matter.
No timetable was given on his return, but the perception around the team is that he will most likely miss Wednesday’s game at San Jose. Should that be the case, either Kevin Dallman or John Klemm will fill the role on the Kings blueline.
Dallman has appeared in three games and is scoreless with a -1 rating and four shots on goal. The last game in which he played was the Kings dramatic comeback vs. Dallas on Nov. 10.
"You always have to be ready just in case," Dallman said. "Just taking warm ups and being with the guys keeps you in that game mode."
Klemm, meanwhile, was recalled on Sunday from Manchester and played at Anaheim that night, as a forward. Klemm had seen some action at forward during training camp and in the Kings preseason contests.
When asked when the last time Klemm had appeared in a regular season game as a forward, Klemm responded: “Not since I was with Crow in Colorado a number of years ago.”
Klemm played for the Quebec/Colorado organization from 1991-2001 where Crawford coached him from 1994-98.
BROWN HAVING A CAREER YEAR
Dustin Brown scored his 10th goal of the season on Sunday night at Anaheim in the Kings 3-2 loss to the Ducks. Last year, Brown set a career high with 17 goals, scoring his 10th goal in his 38th game of the season on Dec. 28.
This year, his 10th tally was scored in the Kings 23rd game on Nov. 25. If Brown keeps scoring at this pace, the fourth-year winger will score 35 goals...he entered the 2007-08 campaign with 32 career goals.
CALDER RETURNS AND SCORES VS. ANAHEIM
Kyle Calder, who missed all of November with a thumb injury, returned to action on Saturday night in the Kings’ 2-1 win over San Jose. He also played in the Kings 3-2 loss at Anaheim, scoring his fourth goal of the season.
Calder has scored 2-2=4 in his last five games, after scoring just 2-1=3 in his first 10 as a King.
Calder spoke about his injury to the media following the Kings-Ducks game on Sunday:
"For the most part, it's mostly there. I have to figure out a way to get through it."
Alexander Frolov again missed practiced and continued to work with trainers to get close to his injured groin being healthy enough for him to return to the ice.
Frolov commented on where he was at to the media on Monday:
“It’s a little better. We are just working on it and it is getting better," Frolov said and added about a possible return on Wednesday, "I don’t know yet, we will see how it goes over the next day or so. When you play through injuries, especially groins, you can make it worse.”
Crawford was also asked about his injured forward.
“We'll see how he is. If he's in good shape tomorrow and (doctors are) giving us clearance, we'll utilize him,” he said.
“We'd love to have Alexander in our lineup, because we're a better team with him than we are without him. He can do so many things and he's a quality player. We also know that part of the reason that we're holding him back right now is that we want his injury to have time to heal. That's what we're continuing to monitor on a day-to-day basis. We'll test it again tomorrow, off the ice. If we feel, on Wednesday morning, like he's ready to try it out, maybe we'll try it out. If not, he won't play. That will be a decision that's made right near the end.''