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by Staff Writer / Los Angeles Kings
LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Kings have activated right wing Pavol Demitra from the injured reserve list and he is expected to play in tonight's Kings-Phoenix game at STAPLES Center, Kings President, Hockey Operations/General Manager Dave Taylor announced today.

Demitra, 31, has missed the last six Kings games due to injury. He was placed on the injured reserve list on March 8 (retroactive to February 19) due to blood in his eye after being hit in the face with a puck while skating with Slovakia at the 2006 Winter Olympic Games.

In 50 games with the Kings this season, Demitra has 57 points (22-35=57), a team-leading plus-22 rating and 36 penalty minutes. Demitra's 22 goals rank second best and his 57 points rank third best on the Kings. In 603 career NHL regular season games with the Kings, St. Louis Blues and Ottawa Senators, the 6-0, 206-pound native of Dubnica, Slovakia, has 576 points (238-338=576), a plus-107 rating and 206 penalty minutes.

The Kings (36-25-5, 77 points) return to action tonight at 7:30 p.m. against Phoenix at STAPLES Center. The contest will air on OLN, ESPN Radio 710-KSPN and along the Kings Radio Network.

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