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KINGS NOTEBOOK (OCT. 9)

by Staff Writer / Los Angeles Kings
The Kings practiced till around 11:30 a.m. and then departed for the airport for a 1 p.m. flight to Dallas.

OCTOBER HOCKEY FIGHTS CANCER AWARENESS MONTH
The month of October is Hockey Fights Cancer Awareness month, so be on the look out at STAPLES Center FOR pink hockey pucks. Kings defenseman, Tom Preissing will serve as spokesman for the initiative, serving to raise awareness and funds for cancer research and the Kings Care Foundation.

O’SULLIVAN’S MASK
Halloween may be the 31st of October, but Kings forward Patrick O’Sullivan is already wearing a mask.

In the first period of Saturday’s game vs. the Blues, O’Sullivan took a puck to the face resulting in six stitches and three teeth being knocked out.

“I was racing for a puck and the d-man got their first and shot it.” O’Sullivan recalled. “It was probably rolling because it got up pretty quick and hit me in the mouth. I knew I lost some teeth.”

O’Sullivan missed the last 10 minutes of the first period and first 10 minutes of the second before returning wearing a mask.

“I have a full mask like what a kid would wear,” he said. “I don’t like it, but it is probably for the best.”

Crawford does not expect O’Sullivan to miss any time.

“He is going to play with a full face mask,” the second-year Kings’ coach said and later added, “he has spent most of the last couple of days in dental chairs and that is never fun.

“If you are going to be a hockey player, especially a penalty killer, I think you are going to get one of those during your career.”

Crawford also added: “Myself, I have had more than a few stitches in this beautiful face”

IN BETWEEN THE PIPES IN BIG D
After practice today, Crawford was asked about the health of J.S. Aubin and what his return to the lineup will do to the roster.

“Once he is 100 percent healthy, we will look at that situation as a three-goaltender situation,” Crawford said. “Right now it is still a two-goaltender situation. He is getting better, but he said he still feels it when he pushes it. To goaltenders, ankles and groins are so important, they have to feel right in their push off and move laterally from their knees and from standing to butterfly…it is so important.”

So who starts tomorrow, Crawford remained tight lipped.

“If there is any small advantage to having them prepare for two goalies, then that is an advantage we will take,” he said. “I let the goaltender know, he is comfortable and he’ll be good.”

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