Perhaps the worst news in advance of three important games this coming week – forward Adrian Kempe has entered COVID protocol, the LA Kings announced on Sunday.
Per @LAKingsPR – Forward Adrian Kempe has entered into COVID Protocol. Samuel Fagemo took his spot during today’s line rushes.
— Zach Dooley (@DooleyLAK) January 16, 2022
Rookie Samuel Fagemo stepped into his spot on the top line and could be in line for his second NHL start against the Sharks on Monday.
As noted, the Kings have three huge games this week – in San Jose on Monday afternoon and then hosting the Lightning and Avalanche on Tuesday and Thursday, respectively.
Kempe tallied his 17th goal of the season in Saturday’s 3-1 victory over the Kraken, marking a career-high in goals for the Swedish forward.
Besides the Kempe news, the team also announced that Martin Frk, who was previously in protocol, has been returned to Ontario.
The @LAKings have made the following player transactions:
Martin Frk (F) has been reassigned to the @ontarioreign from the taxi squad.
Adrian Kempe (F) has entered COVID protocol.
— LA Kings PR (@LAKingsPR) January 16, 2022
More to come in our preview of the Sharks game.