Byfield, a 19-year-old center, awkwardly struck the corner boards in a collision with Arizona right winger Christian Fischer. Byfield was unable to put weight on his left leg and was helped off the ice.
Coach Todd McLellan said after the game that Byfield will be further evaluated on Wednesday.
“It was a free kick. It was unfortunate, ”McLellan said of the play. “He entered the boards. One skate went one way and the other. It’s in a corner. If it was now, he would have gotten away with it, but there was nowhere to go. Not a dirty trick. “
Gibbons collided with Arizona’s Liam O’Brien after the national anthem and was abducted by a stretcher. Gibbons looked like he had been shot in the head.
The Vancouver native has been an NHL linesman since 2015.
Byfield, a Newmarket, Ont. Native, selected second overall by the Kings in the 2020 NHL Draft, had an inside track to center the fourth line heading into next week’s regular season opener. He spent most of last season with Ontario’s American Hockey League, but played six games for the Kings, finishing with an assist.
– With files from Sportsnet