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The Los Angeles Kings still find themselves locked in a battle for the fourth seed in the Western Conference and the right to home ice advantage in the opening round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Entering Friday nights games, Los Angeles is tied with San Jose, and both teams hold a slim three-point lead over the St. Louis Blues who have a game in hand. That lead could shrink to a single point as the St. Louis host the Dallas Stars on Friday night.
With home-ice advantage being so critical, the Kings got a welcome addition to their line-up Thursday night, with the return of defenseman Matt Greene. Greene, who hasnt played since the first game of the season when he suffered a back injury that required surgery, instantly returns the Kings top six defenseman to arguably one of the best in the Conference if not the entire NHL as they look to defend the title as Stanley Cup Champions.
Greenes presence was not only missed on the ice, whether it was blocking a shot or making the opposition pay the price in front of the net trying to score a goal. Off the ice, Greene is a vocal leader in the lockeroom.
We missed him this season. We are happy and glad to have him back, said Kings forward Jarret Stoll. "Hes a great person to have in the dressing room and around the guys. Hell do anything to win. Whether it is blocking a key shot, with his leg, his body, you name it. Hell do whatever it takes to win and thats how you win in the playoffs when you have guys like that.
Coach Darryl Sutter eased Greene back into the lineup on Thursday, playing him just over 16 minutes, and Greene didnt seem to miss a beat as he lead all defenseman in hits with five.
I asked him after how he felt and he said he felt good. So thats basically what I was looking for, was how he felt, said Sutter.
Its been a while. Its good to get hit, good to give a few hits and get the first game over with, said Greene following Thursdays game. "Its fun. Thats the best way to get into it. Get that playoff atmosphere right away. Theyre battling for points, and we are too, so its a good game to get into.
The Kings now find themselves with two days off, before resuming play Sunday night (at 6 p.m. on FOX Sports West) at Staples Center against the Dallas Stars. Dallas is fighting hard for the eighth and final playoff spot and has made life miserable for the Kings this season winning three of the four previous contests and dominating LA on the score sheet by a 14-6 margin.
So Sunday night should be nothing short of a playoff atmosphere.
Theyre battling to get in. Were battling for home ice. I mean, its going to be that atmosphere from here on out, said Greene.
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Barring any unusual developments, Kings defenseman Matt Greene is expected to return to the lineup tonight against Columbus.
Greene, who had back surgery in January to repair a herniated disc, has been out of action since the season opener against Chicago on Jan. 19.
Asked if he was good to go, Greene nodded and said yes after Thursdays morning skate in El Segundo.
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Defenseman Matt Greene has been activated by the Los Angeles Kings after getting injured in the defending Stanley Cup champions' season opener.
The Kings moved Greene off injured reserve on Friday, adding another important veteran for their playoff push.
Greene injured his back in the Kings' opener Jan. 19 against Chicago. He missed 42 games with the injury, but returned...
The defending Stanley Cup Playoff champs just got some good news. Former Fighting Sioux defenseman Matt Greene is set to rejoin the L.A. Kings just in time for the Stanley Cup Playoff push. The Kings are currently sitting in fourth place in the Western Conference and are second in the Pacific Division.
NHL.COM --- The Los Angeles Kings have activated defenseman Matt Greene from...
LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Kings have activated defenseman Matt Greene from the injured reserve list, Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi announced today.
Greene, 29, has missed the last 42 games after suffering a mid-body injury Jan. 19 vs. Chicago. The 6-3, 232 pound native of Grand Ledge, Mich. has played in one game this season (the Season Opener vs. the Blackhawks...
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It hasn't helped when they've faced the Dallas Stars lately.
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Hollywood actor and Los Angles Kings enthusiast Wil Wheaton took over the Kings Twitter account during the second period of their 2-1 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets Thursday night and he was actually pretty hysterical. Check it out:
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