Los Angeles, CA, United States (4E Sports) – Los Angeles Kings forward Anze Kopitar is scheduled to undergo more tests on his injured right knee to determine the severity of the damage and the recovery period.
It was earlier reported that Kopitar will miss three weeks after injuring his knee while playing for Mora in Sweden.
“Got tangled up in the corner and it felt funny,” Kopitar told ESPN.com in an interview. “Taking this seriously.”
Kings general manager Dean Lombardi said Kopitar is expected to miss three weeks but the player’s agent, Pat Brisson, said his client will have more tests on the injured knee.
“It’s nothing to be alarmed with,” Brisson added.
Kopitar had 25 goals and 51 assists (76 points) in 82 regular-season games for the Kings last season. He tied for the playoff lead with 20 points as the Kings won their first Stanley Cup.
Kopitar has spent the NHL lockout playing with Mora IK, where he has nine goals and 20 assists through 27 games. His point total leads the team.
Meanwhile, the Kings expect goalie Jonathan Quick to be medically cleared to play after minor offseason back surgery.
“We anticipate him being healthy if there’s a season,” Lombardi said before the labor squabble was settled over the weekend.
The Kings need both Quick and Kopitar as they start their Stanley Cup defense.
The NHL and the players’ association reached a tentative agreement on a new labor deal Sunday, paving the way for the regular season to start, but a start date has not yet been determined.