For some Los Angeles Kings fans, it seemed inevitable.
Forward Justin Williams, who was injured in the latter part of last season, and thus rendered a non-factor in last years’ Stanley Cup playoffs, will once again be out of the lineup at an inopportune time.
With only nine games left to play in the regular season, and in the midst of an incredibly tight playoff race, the Kings have lost their 3rd leading goal scorer.
Williams suffered a shoulder injury in the March 21st game against Calgary, and will miss the next 3-4 weeks. The timing of the injury means that if the Kings do make the playoffs, Williams may not be available to the team until late in the first round of the playoffs, or possibly the second round depending on the injury, and his ability to stay in game shape while on the mend.
Limited to only 49 games last season due to injury, the winger had appeared in all 73 games this season and had scored 22 goals while skating regular shifts with center Jarrett Stoll, and winger Ryan Smyth.