Originally written on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 4/18/13

NEWARK, NJ - JANUARY 31: Matt Greene #2 of the Los Angeles Kings warms up before playing against the New Jersey Devils at the Prudential Center on January 31, 2010 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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 to the ice for practice in recent weeks. He could boost the Kings as they jockey with San Jose for the fourth playoff seed in the Western Conference. Greene was a major part of the Kings' sturdy defense during last season's title run, but Greene and fellow veteran defenseman Willie Mitchell have missed virtually the entire season with injuries, forcing Los Angeles to trade for Robyn Regehr and Keaton Ellerby.
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