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Kings' Richards sits out second straight game

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The Los Angeles Kings will be without center Mike Richards for a second consecutive playoff game on Tuesday night.

The Kings have not confirmed the nature of Richards' injury, but it's suspected that he has a concussion after taking a hard hit from Chicago's Dave Bolland in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals with the Blackhawks.

Richards, 28, was not part of the Kings' morning skate.

"Yes, absolutely," Kings coach Darryl Sutter said when asked whether Richards would miss another game. "He's done a little bit every day, but it's the same, no progress."

Richards, the Kings' leading scorer in the playoffs with 10 points in 14 games, warmed up Sunday night for Game 2 but did not play. He was replaced by Tyler Toffoli in the starting lineup.

"If it was just about Mike Richards making the decision, Mike Richards is playing tonight," Sutter said. "You got guys who want to play, you got guys who don't want to play. Mike Richards wants to play."

The Kings trailed the Blackhawks 2-0 in the best-of-seven series.

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