Kings' game-day report: Jonathan Quick back in, Matt Greene still out
Greetings from St. Louis, where it's raining furiously ... but at least it's not snow.
The Kings didn't skate Thursday morning and instead held a meeting. Afterward, Coach Terry Murray said defenseman Matt Greene, who suffered an upper-body injury Monday and didn't play Wednesday at Denver, will sit out again Thursday night. Murray also reaffirmed that his starting goalie will be Jonathan Quick, whom he pulled after Quick gave up three goals to the Avalanche on 16 shots, and added that he might make a change among the forwards but will wait until after the warm-ups Thursday night to decide what he will do.
A few other tidbits:
The Kings' request to change the scoring on their first goal Wednesday was declined by the NHL. That goal was credited to Anze Kopitar but Brad Richardson said he had gotten his stick on it. A club spokesman said the league decided the tape was inconclusive and allowed the scoring to remain Kopitar from Wayne Simmonds and Sean O'Donnell.
That wasn't an attempt by Richardson to be greedy: The official scorer sometimes doesn't see a deflection or misreads a player's number and so gets the scoring sequence wrong. That happened on the Kings' second goal on Wednesday, scored by Drew Doughty. The assists were initially awarded to Kopitar and Davis Drewiske (No. 44) but Drewiske wasn't even on the ice and the second assist should have been credited to Ryan Smyth, No. 94. That change was made on the final score sheet.
One last item: Murray and his brother, Bryan Murray, the general manager of the Ottawa Senators, are scheduled to be guests on the NHL Hour with Commissioner Gary Bettman Thursday at 3 p.m. PDT on NHL.com and Sirius XM Radio. The show will repeat on Sirius XM Radio and archived shows will be available for download via podcast on NHL.com.
Fans with questions can call in to the show at (877) 645-6696.
More later at www.latimes.com/sports
-- Helene Elliott, reporting from St. Louis