Kings Interim Head Coach Confirms Status of Injured Defenseman

Kings defenseman Mikey Anderson is out with an upper-body injury on a week-to-week basis, and winger Viktor Arvidsson has been placed on LTIR with a lower-body injury, impacting the team’s defense as Anderson has been a key player alongside Drew Doughty.

Mikey Anderson, the Kings’ defenseman, is on the sidelines. He’s dealing with an upper-body injury and will be out for a while, on a week-to-week basis. Interim head coach Jim Hiller shared the news Saturday, crediting Eric Stephens of The Athletic for the info.

In the same breath, Hiller dropped another bomb. Viktor Arvidsson, the team’s winger, has also hit the LTIR earlier that day due to a lower-body injury. This confirms the whispers that Kevin Weekes of ESPN had already let out.

Anderson’s injury came about in a rather unfortunate moment. It was during the third period of Thursday’s game against Nashville, a match they lost 4-1. After a tussle for the puck with Predators’ Luke Evangelista, Anderson was seen hunching over to the bench.

This situation puts the Kings in a tough spot. They’re now missing a crucial part of their defense. Anderson and Drew Doughty, his partner in crime, have clocked 878 minutes of playtime together this season. That’s a lot. According to MoneyPuck, they’ve got a 52.1 expected goals percentage. Only Nick Leddy and Colton Parayko of the Blues have spent more time together.

Anderson, though, is not just any player. Picked in the fourth round by the Kings in 2017, he’s exceeded expectations. With over 20 minutes on ice per game over four seasons, his stats are solid. This year alone, he’s got one goal, 14 assists, and 15 points, with a +14 rating in 55 games.

But, it’s not all sunshine and rainbows. This season has been a bit rocky for Anderson. His two-way game isn’t as sharp, making him a bit of a liability offensively. His expected -1.9 rating and a -3.1 relative Corsi-for percentage at even strength are the lowest of his career.

Replacing Anderson won’t be easy. Yet, Vladislav Gavrikov is up for the challenge. He’s shown promising possession metrics this season and will likely step up to pair with Doughty. Meanwhile, 23-year-old Jordan Spence got the call from AHL Ontario. He’s stepping in due to Arvidsson’s LTIR placement and will be in the lineup against Anaheim Saturday night.

Alex Thompson
Alex Thompson
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