Kings Tyler Toffoli out indefinitely with mono
Edmonton Oilers forward Matt Fraser (28) and Los Angeles Kings forward Tyler Toffoli (73) battle for a loose puck during the second period at Rexall Place on Dec 30, 2014. Perry Nelson-USA TODAY Sports
Los Angeles Kings right winger Tyler Toffoli will be sidelined indefinitely with mononucleosis, the team announced before Saturday's game against the Winnipeg Jets.
Toffoli was not placed on injured reserve and the Kings did not give an estimate for his return.
This is the first reported case of mononucleosis this season in the NHL, though the league has been plagued with a mumps epidemic throughout the first half of the season.
The usual recovery for the illness is 2-3 weeks, but in some cases it can last months. The illness can be spread in a manner similar to mumps (exchange of bodily fluids).
Toffoli is the Kings' third-leading scorer with 12 goals and 27 points. Entering Saturday, he is tied for the team lead in goals with left winger Tanner Pearson and right winger Marian Gaboriki.
Last year, the 22-year-old had 12 goals and 29 points. During the Kings' run to their second Stanley Cup in three seasons, he had seven goals and 14 points in 26 games.