Skip to content

Kings activate Kopitar (knee), will play vs. Colorado

Jan 22, 2013, 4:15 PM EDT

Comments Off on Kings activate Kopitar (knee), will play vs. Colorado
Anze Kopitar Getty Images

The Los Angeles Kings announced the return of their leading scorer on Tuesday, activating Anze Kopitar from injured reserve for tonight’s game against Colorado at the Pepsi Center.

Kopitar, 25, had been out of action with a knee sprain suffered playing with Mora IK of the Swedish second division during the lockout.

He proceeded to miss LA’s opening-day game against Chicago — a 5-2 loss at Staples — but was able to partake in the pregame ring and banner-raising ceremony.

Not that it helped any.

“It definitely wasn’t fun,” he told NHL.com. “But it is what it is. I’d much rather play in 47 (of the truncated 48-game regular season) than to get hurt and be sidelined for a lot longer.”

Sounds as though Kopitar will resume his first-line duties, centering Dustin Brown and Justin Williams. That trio was huge for the Kings during their Stanley Cup championship run, combining for 55 points over 20 games.

Latest Posts
  1. Keith conquers: Blackhawks come back, eliminate Predators

    Apr 25, 2015, 11:03 PM EDT

    Nashville Predators at Chicago Blackhawks Getty Images

    A six-game series that felt like (at least) seven.

  2. Video: Canucks score three in 7:06 to take commanding lead in Calgary

    Apr 25, 2015, 9:59 PM EDT

    Vancouver Canucks v Calgary Flames - Game Four Getty Images

    Vancouver looking to avoid elimination for the second straight game.

  3. Lightning go away from Drouin in Game 5

    Apr 25, 2015, 6:10 PM EDT

    New Jersey Devils v Tampa Bay Lightning Getty Images

    He made his postseason debut in Game 4.

  4. Video: Some skill, a lot of luck for Caps’ Holtby

    Apr 25, 2015, 5:20 PM EDT

    close

    Keep this bounce in mind in the third period.

  5. Burrows will travel with Canucks following Game 6

    Apr 25, 2015, 4:58 PM EDT

    Alex Burrows, Kris Letang Alex Burrows, Kris Letang

    He’s been ruled out of the series due to a rib injury.

  6. Here are the two finalists for Kraft Hockeyville

    Apr 25, 2015, 4:15 PM EDT

    HockeyVille

    Kudos to the Cambria County War Memorial Arena in Johnstown, Pennsylvania and the Decatur Civic Center in Decatur, Illinois.

  7. WATCH LIVE: Today’s Stanley Cup playoff action

    Apr 25, 2015, 2:55 PM EDT

    Jaroslav Halak, Ryan Strome AP

    New York, Nashville and Vancouver are all facing elimination today.

  8. Pens CEO says Johnston, Rutherford won’t be fired

    Apr 25, 2015, 2:25 PM EDT

    Mike Johnston Mike Johnston

    Both were in their first season with the hockey club.

  9. Report: Malkin invited to Worlds

    Apr 25, 2015, 2:00 PM EDT

    SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 13: Yevgeni Malkin #11 of Russia skates against Slovenia during the Men's Ice Hockey Preliminary Round Group A game on day six of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Bolshoy Ice Dome on February 13, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. Getty Images

    He helped Russia win gold last year.

Featured video

Plenty of pressure on Blues
Top 10 NHL Player Searches
  1. Z. Kassian (2989)
  2. S. Weber (2550)
  3. K. Letang (2464)
  4. M. Fisher (2342)
  5. A. Burrows (2319)
  1. C. Ehrhoff (2067)
  2. S. Crosby (1965)
  3. M. Giordano (1958)
  4. T. Hamonic (1932)
  5. D. Carcillo (1885)