Los Angeles Kings goalie Jeff Zatkoff is expected to miss no more than a week after he injured his groin during practice Saturday.
Zatkoff was helped off the ice and later placed on injured reserve, meaning he cannot play for at least seven days from the date of the injury.
"I think a week is pretty much normal for that [injury]," Kings coach Darryl Sutter told LA Kings Insider on Monday. "…It's not extended or anything like that."
The Kings play the Columbus Blue Jackets at Staples Center on Tuesday (10:30 p.m. ET; FS-O, FS-W, NHL.TV) and the Nashville Predators on Thursday before weekend games at the St. Louis Blues and Chicago Blackhawks.
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"I just look at it like the schedule we play every other day and then back-to-back to finish this week, so he wouldn't be eligible to come off until after we come home from that trip," Sutter said.
Goalie Peter Budaj made 22 saves in a 4-3 shootout win against the Vancouver Canucks on Saturday. Budaj has started the past two games for the Kings, who are also without starter Jonathan Quick, who could miss three months with a lower-body injury.
Zatkoff is 0-3-0 with a 4.38 goals-against average and .839 save percentage in three games this season. He signed with the Kings as a free agent on July 1 after playing parts of three seasons with the Pittsburgh Penguins.
The Kings called up Jack Campbell from Ontario of the American Hockey League on Saturday to back up Budaj.