Los Angeles winning despite injuries

Opponents are learning that wounded Kings can be as dangerous as healthy ones.

Updated: January 27, 2004, 12:14 PM ET
By By Jim Wilkie | NHL Insider
Except perhaps for the equipment manager, who sews names and numbers on the sweaters, no member of the Los Angeles Kings' staff has had more headaches this season than head coach Andy Murray.

With a league-leading 387 man-games lost to injury, Murray must wonder night to night who he can count on to fill his lineup. Every few games seem to bring another injury. Last week, for instance, John Tripp was put on the injured list because of facial injuries suffered while losing a fight with Chicago's Johnathan Aitken.

Ziggy Palffy
The Kings have been forced to play without Ziggy Palffy.
Following last season's club-record 536 man-games lost to injury, the Kings are again following Murphy's Law. Fortunately, the 20 players healthy enough to dress each night have mostly followed Murray's Law, which is if everything that can go wrong does go wrong, work your tails off and make the best of it.