Dustin Brown did not take part in the Kings’ optional morning skate today as he recovers from what was acknowledged yesterday by Darryl Sutter to be an illness and as “more maintenance than anything else” by a member of the club’s hockey operations. A pair of tweets by The Fourth Period reporters Dennis Bernstein and David Pagnotta yesterday hinted that it may be something more serious and that Brown is unlikely to play tonight against the Anaheim Ducks.
When speaking with reporters late this morning, Brown didn’t offer a firm indication of his availability against the Ducks.
“Just kind of play it by ear. Getting back to square one, really. Just stayed in later for treatment, and see how I feel later,” he said, before acknowledging that he was under the weather.
“Tired. Got it from my kids,” Brown said.
Whether he began feeling ill against Toronto on Thursday, Brown answered, “Who knows?”
“Probably, at some point,” he continued. “Yesterday I felt it, and go from there.”