Jun 1, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson (4) controls the puck against Los Angeles Kings center Mike Richards (10) during the second period in game one of the Western Conference finals of the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Rob Grabowski-USA TODAY Sports
Mike Richards will miss his second straight game tonight in Game #3 of the Western Conference Finals according to coach Darryl Sutter. Richards was the recipient of a Dave Bolland elbow in Game #1 and although he sat on the bench for the rest of the game and participated in pre-game skate before Game #2 was a late scratch for the 4-2 Kings defeat to the Blackhawks.
It was just released that Richards will not play tonight in a huge Game #3 for the Kings as they try to keep their perfect record at Staples Center in place while not allowing the Blackhawks to jump out to a 3-0 series lead.
Here is the hit that has forced Richards to the sideline.
Tyler Toffoli started in place of Richards in Game #2 and scored a goal in the contest.
What do you think? Is this a huge blow to the Kings tonight?
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