Winger Kyle Clifford, out of the Kings lineup since he suffered a concussion in the opener of their first-round NHL playoff series against Vancouver, is available to play in Game 3 of the Kings second-round series against St. Louis on Thursday at Staples Center.
However, Coach Darryl Sutter would not say if the rugged winger will play or even if Clifford will participate in warm-ups.
Hes available. Hes fully cleared to practice, Sutter said. If you get here for warm-ups then youre going to find out.
Clifford was driven into the boards on April 11 by Vancouver's Byron Bitz, who was suspended two games by the NHL.
Its unlikely Sutter will change the lineup for Thursday's game, given that the Kings have a 2-0 series lead and given the strong performance so far of fourth-liners Brad Richardson, Colin Fraser and Jordan Nolan. Clifford could conceivably replace Dwight King on the third line but Sutter had heaps of praise Thursday morning for rookies King and Nolan and the pos...