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EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- Los Angeles Kings center Jarret Stoll practiced Thursday without a no-contact jersey for the first time in more than two weeks, but his status for Game 1 of the Western Conference finals against the Chicago Blackhawks on Saturday remains uncertain.
Stoll was hit in the head by San Jose Sharks left winger Raffi Torres in Game 1 of the Western Conference semifinals on May 14 and hasn't played since. Stoll, however, returned to practice last week and said Tuesday that he was "day to day."
Stoll didn't talk after practice Thursday. On Tuesday, he expressed optimism that he could return at some point during the playoffs if the Kings advanced to the conference finals.
"You want to help out," Stoll said. "You want to help your team any way possible. It's just one of those things where it's one of those injuries where you've got to be smart with it."
Kings coach Darryl Sutter wouldn't give any update on Stoll when asked after Thursday's practice before the team boarded its flight to Chicago.
"I have no further update on Jarret Stoll," Sutter said. "And there won't be any update on him unless you give us an update on somebody from Chicago."