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Mitchell returns to Kings' lineup for Game 1

Sunday, 05.18.2014 / 3:12 PM

By Corey Masisak - NHL.com Staff Writer / Blackhawks-Kings series blog

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Mitchell returns to Kings' lineup for Game 1

CHICAGO -- Willie Mitchell will make a surprise return to the Los Angeles Kings' lineup for Game 1 of the Western Conference Final against the Chicago Blackhawks on Sunday.

Mitchell has not played since Game 6 of the opening round against the San Jose Sharks because of a lower-body injury. He will replace Matt Greene in the lineup.

The Kings played nearly the entire second round against the Anaheim Ducks without Mitchell and fellow veteran Robyn Regehr, who was injured in Game 1 of that series. Jeff Schultz was recalled from the American Hockey League to replace Regehr and has played well in his first NHL action of the season.

Mitchell missed all of last season with an injury, but was instrumental in the Kings' march to the Stanley Cup in 2012.

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