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Kopitar (upper body) didn't take part in line rushes during morning skate and is expected to be scratched Thursday against the Penguins, Jon Rosen of LAKingsInsider.com reports.

Along with fellow injured forwards Trevor Lewis and Marian Gaborik, Kopitar remained on the ice for extra work following the morning session, suggesting he's not yet ready to return. While Kopitar will miss his second straight game, the cap-strapped Kings were fortunate enough to be granted an emergency recall Thursday to ice a healthy 20 skaters, an option that wasn't available to them Tuesday against the Flyers.

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Kopitar (upper body) didn't join the Kings on the ice for pregame warmups and looks like he can be ruled out for Tuesday's game against the Flyers, Jim Fox of FOX Sports West reports.

Though coach Darryl Sutter offered a glimmer of hope that Kopitar could possibly suit up Tuesday despite everything else at morning skate suggesting otherwise, the center will be forced to sit for the first time this season. While it doesn't sound like his injury is severe, it's serious enough to knock him out of a contest the Kings could desperately use him -- or any other player, for that matter. Kopitar's injury and the Kings' lack of cap room to add a call-up from the minors will force the team to ice just 19 players Tuesday.

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Kopitar (upper body) will not play in Tuesday's game against the Flyers, according to Lisa Dillman of the LA Times.

Kopitar was able to skate Tuesday morning, but he is not feeling good enough to take the ice Tuesday night. Due to salary cap restrictions, the Kings will be forced to play a man down Tuesday. It remains to be seen if they will be forced to do the same in their next game Thursday.

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The Kings have yet to decide whether or not Kopitar (upper body) will play in Tuesday's game against the Flyers, Jon Rosen of LA Kings Insider reports.

Kopitar participated in Tuesday's morning skate, but he skated as an extra during line rushes, so it seems likely he will be held out Tuesday. The Kings will not call up a player to take Kopitar's place due to cap reasons, so if he sits out, the Kings will play a man down Tuesday night.

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Kopitar (upper body) is travelling with the team to Philadelphia for Tuesday's matchup with the Flyers, Helene Elliott of the LA Times reports.

Kopitar's status for Tuesday's game has not been determined yet, but the team stated that his injury is not serious, so fantasy owners can breathe a sigh of relief. The star center has two goals and an assist on the season, and should be back in the lineup before too long.

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Kopitar was forced to exit Sunday's game against the Blue Jackets due to an upper body injury and will not return, The Columbus Dispatch reports.

Kopitar managed just one shot attempt prior to leaving Sunday's game. Expect his status to be updated in the near future.

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Kopitar scored a goal on the power play in Thursday's victory over the Sabres.

The points haven't been coming as often as they have in the past, with just two goals and an assist so far. Still, centering the first line and the primary power play unit, Kopitar figures to be one of the top center options out there.

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Kopitar was one of four Kings to score a goal in Sunday's victory over the Jets.

The goal came near the midpoint of the first period, with both Kopitar and the man who set him up, Marion Gaborik, claiming their first points of the season. Kopitar is as talented a center as any in the league, but the defensive demands placed on him by coach Darryl Sutter's system will probably keep his fantasy production a notch below some of the NHL's other elite middle men.

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Kopitar finished the preseason with no goals, four assists and a plus-3 rating in three games played.

Coming of a 70-point season in 2013-14, Kopitar is projected to improve his offensive output this season. He is set to center the Kings' first line with Marian Gaborik and Dustin Brown on the wings. As long as the trio stays healthy, Kopitar should have another big year on the first line and power play.

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The Los Angeles Kings' offense really exploded in the 2014 playoffs, as the Stanley Cup champions generated a postseason-best 3.38 goal-per-game average.

Compare that to their 2.42 gpg average, which ranked 26th in the NHL. Only Detroit averaged less than two goals per playoff contest, as the Boston Bruins limited them to six tallies in five contests. The Anaheim Ducks led the regular season with 3.21 goals per contest.