Kings' Kopitar to have surgery on ankle
Los Angeles - Los Angeles Kings leading scorer Anze Kopitar underwent an MRI on Monday which revealed that he will require surgery to repair torn ligaments on a high ankle sprain.
The corrective surgery is slated for Wednesday and he will be out indefinitely.
The injury occurred with 4:21 left in the second period of Saturday's game against Colorado after Kopitar was lightly checked into the boards by Avalanche defender Ryan O'Byrne. Kopitar fell to the ice and laid there for several minutes. He was then helped off the ice by a trainer and two teammates and went into the locker room.
Kopitar is leading the team with 73 points as he has posted 25 goals and 48 assists this season. The 48 assists are a career-high and Saturday's game was his 330th straight, a franchise record that he had set earlier in the month.
This past Monday, the Kings lost their second-leading scorer when winger Justin Williams suffered a dislocated shoulder. He is expected to miss the next 3-4 weeks.