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Kings' Penner out with hand injury

Saturday, 11.12.2011 / 3:45 PM

By Curtis Zupke - NHL.com Correspondent / At the Rink blog

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Kings' Penner out with hand injury
EL SEGUNDO, Calif. – Just when Dustin Penner was starting to find his game, he has an injury setback.

Penner suffered a hand injury against Vancouver on Thursday night and will be out for at least Saturday’s game against the Minnesota Wild.

Kings coach Terry Murray said Penner’s status was “longer than day-to-day” after Penner suffered the injury during a power play, although Penner participated in the team’s morning skate Saturday.

Penner played more than 14 minutes, including 5:15 in the third period, Thursday.

Murray will likely put Brad Richardson in Penner’s place at second line left wing with Mike Richards and Dustin Brown.
The injury comes after Penner seemed to turn a corner on a disappointing season this week. He had an assist on Tuesday against Nashville and has looked better since Murray put him back on the second line.

Murray will stick with Colin Fraser at fourth line center. Fraser made his Kings debut on Thursday following offseason foot surgery.
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