Originally written April 19, 2013 on Fox Sports West:
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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 oppositi...
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