LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Kings have activated forward Oscar Moller from the injured reserve list and placed defenseman Tom Preissing on the injured reserve list, Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi announced Wednesday. Moller will be available as the Kings beging a three-game homestand Thursday, against Calgary at 7:30 p.m. The homestand – which also features games on Saturday against Edmonton at 1 p.m. and on Monday against Atlanta at 7:30 p.m. – also features numerous events and giveaways.
Moller, 20, has been out of the Kings line-up since January 8 due to a fractured clavicle he suffered at the World Junior Championships, which was held in Ottawa from Dec. 26 to Jan. 5. The 5-11, 180-pound native of Stockholm, Sweden has played in 30 games with the Kings this season, his first in the NHL, and has 13 points (6-7=13) and 14 penalty minutes. Moller was Team Sweden’s captain at the World Junior Championships and he recorded four points (1-3=4), four penalty minutes and 23 shots on goal in six tournament games as the Swedes went 5-1 and earned a silver medal for the second consecutive year. He was drafted by the Kings in the second round (52nd overall) in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft.
Preissing, 30, has been placed on the injured reserve list due to an upper body injury (retroactive to February 1). He’s missed the last four Kings games. The 6-0, 197-pound native of Arlington Heights, Illinois has seven points (3-4=7) and six penalty minutes in 22 games with the Kings this season. The Kings signed Preissing as an unrestricted free agent on July 2, 2007.
The Kings open a three-game homestand Thursday when they host Calgary at STAPLES Center at 7:30 p.m. The game will be “Brought to you by New Line Cinema’s new movie Friday the 13th. Prepare for the day everyone fears. In theatres everywhere, Friday, February 13,” the Kings will:
On Saturday, for the Kings-Oilers game, the Kings will:
- Honor LAPD Medal of Valor recipients and offer special discounts for all law enforcement personnel.
- In honor of Black History Month, a special pre-game puck drop will feature former NHL player Tony McKegney (the first black player to score 40 goals in the NHL), the Kings’ Wayne Simmonds and the Flames’ Jarome Iginla.
- Hold College Night, where all students who show their Student ID at the box office can purchase tickets starting at $10.
On Monday, for the Kings-Thrashers game, the Kings will:
- Continue their popular “Salute to Heroes” program as the club recognizes local firefighters with Firefighter Appreciation Day, which includes special discounts for firefighters and families; recognition throughout the game; and a special silent auction featuring firefighter equipment signed by Kings players.
- School Binder giveaways to the first 1,500 kids 12 & under.
- Puck drop featuring Wilshire the Fire Dog and fans can get their photo with the pooch during the game at a photo booth.
- Host “Friends and Family Day” as fans get one ticket, hot dog and soda starting at $21. For those fans who buy four or more tickets, parking is free.
- Host the club’s first ever Armenian Heritage Night, with a special package that includes a private post-game party at Club Nokia at LA Live, a unique Kings/Armenian mini flag and one premium Armenian beer or soda. Atlanta defenseman Zach Bogosian is the NHL’s first Armenian player.
- Have the All U Can Eat Value Night, where fans get a ticket and a voucher for all U Can Eat hot dogs, nachos, peanut, popcorn and soda starting at $27
- Celebrate team mascot Bailey’s birthday.
Throughout the homestand, tickets for Tip A King 2009 Presented by D.I.S.C. Sports & Spine Center in Marina del Rey can also be purchased at STAPLES Center at the Kings Care Foundation booth on the main concourse. Tip a King will be held at L.A. Live on Sunday, Feb. 22.
The Kings also are participating in Hockey Weekend Across America. On Friday, the Kings are inviting youth hockey players to the Toyota Sports Center to watch the Kings practice. The event will also include a Chalk Talk with Kings Assistant coach Jamie Kompon and an on-ice youth hockey clinic hosted by Kings Alumni Jim Fox and Daryl Evans for a select number of players participating in the Jr. Kings President’s Day Weekend Tournament.
Hockey Weekend Across America will also be celebrated at STAPLES Center as part of Saturday’s game against the Oilers with “Wear Your Jersey Day” for all local youth hockey players. Special discounts also apply for these families for that game at the STAPLES Center box office that day beginning at 11:30 a.m.
The Kings (24-21-7) have won four games in a row (for the second time this season) and last night concluded a five-game trip with a 4-1 record. The Kings have also won seven of their last eight games and have earned points in eight of their last nine games.
All three games at STAPLES Center, starting tomorrow night, will air on FS West, KTLK AM 1150 and along the Kings Radio Network.