Pheonix Copley injury

Pheonix Copley will be out for the rest of the season for the Los Angeles Kings because of ACL surgery.

Copley sustained the injury in practice on Dec. 15 and was placed on long-term injured reserve the next day. He was 4-1-2 with a 3.16 goals-against average, .870 save percentage and one shutout in eight starts this season.

The 31-year-old was an unlikely catalyst in helping Los Angeles qualify for the Stanley Cup Playoffs last season, when he went 24-6-3 with a 2.64 GAA, .903 save percentage and one shutout in 37 games (35 starts).

Copley is 44-16-8 with a 2.83 GAA, .899 save percentage and three shutouts in 76 NHL games (69 starts) for the St. Louis Blues, Washington Capitals and Kings.

Since the injury, David Rittich has been serving as the Kings' backup behind Cam Talbot, who is 14-9-3 with a 2.17 GAA, .923 save percentage and two shutouts in 26 games (25 starts) this season and was selected for the 2024 NHL All-Star Game.

Los Angeles (20-10-6), which is third in the Pacific Division, has allowed the second-fewest goals per game this season (2.42).