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Richards returns to Kings lineup in Game 5

Saturday, 06.08.2013 / 8:11 PM

By Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer / Blackhawks-Kings series blog

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Richards returns to Kings lineup in Game 5

CHICAGO -- Center Mike Richards is back in the Los Angeles Kings' lineup for Game 5 of the Western Conference Final against the Chicago Blackhawks on Saturday night after missing three games with a concussion.

Chicago leads the best-of-7 series 3-1 and can clinch a berth in the Stanley Cup Final with a win.

Richards, who has 10 points in 14 games in this year's Stanley Cup Playoffs, is starting as the center on the fourth line between Jordan Nolan and Kyle Clifford. Nolan is in the lineup for the first time in the series. He hasn't played since Game 6 of the conference semifinals against the San Jose Sharks.

Richards was injured late in Game 1 when he was hit hard by Blackhawks center Dave Bolland behind the goal line.

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