EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- Kyle Clifford could return to the Los Angeles Kings' lineup for Game 4 of the Western Conference Semifinals against the San Jose Sharks when the series resumes Tuesday (10 p.m. ET, NBCSN, TSN, RDS).
"It definitely looks that way," Clifford said. "It feels good to get back in the lineup. Playing with those guys, it's going to be a lot of fun."
Coach Darryl Sutter said that "everybody that's on the ice is available. At some point it will be good to have him back."
Clifford has been out since May 8 with an undisclosed injury. He is believed to have been cleared for contact Sunday.
"I don't think there's going to be any limitations," he said. "It's just going to be just go out there and play like I was playing before."
"He's an easy player to play with," Richardson said of Clifford. "He does a lot of the things that guys sometimes don't want to do. He's always in the corners, battling, hitting guys. He's a very important player."
The Kings returned home for the two off days and held a full practice.
Off the ice, team captain Dustin Brown said it was an honor to be nominated again for the Mark Messier NHL Leadership Award, for "leadership qualities to his team, on and off the ice during the regular season." Brown was runner-up last year and won the community-based NHL Foundation Award in 2011.
"It's not something you go out and look for, I guess," Brown said. "To be among Toews and Alfredsson in that group was special."
Here were the line rushes the Kings used Monday: