Center Mike Richards wont be in the lineup when the Kings face the Chicago Blackhawks at Staples Center Thursday night in Game 4 of the Western Conference finals, Coach Darryl Sutter confirmed after the teams optional skate and morning meeting.
The Kings trail the series, two games to one.
Richards, who suffered a concussion when he was hit by Chicagos Dave Bolland in Game 1, missed Games 2 and 3 but skated for about 20 minutes with the Kings extra players on Wednesday. However, Richards did not participate in the game-day skate Thursday, and Sutter ruled him out of the game.
The Kings have been calling Richards problem an upper-body injury, in keeping with hockeys tradition of not disclosing information about players injuries, but Sutter referred to it as a concussion. Richards has had several concussions during his career, including one last season.
He didnt skate today so he wont play tonight, Sutter said Thursday morning when reporters asked him for an update and about how R...