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Kings Recall Jake Muzzin From Manchester (AHL)

by Staff Writer / Los Angeles Kings
LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Kings have recalled defenseman Jake Muzzin from the Manchester Monarchs of the American Hockey League and they have placed defenseman Willie Mitchell on the injured reserve list (retroactive to Nov. 7), Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi announced today.

Muzzin, 21, has played in eight Kings games this season, his first in the NHL. He has one point (an assist) and zero penalty minutes. He’s currently tied for ninth among NHL rookies (second among rookie defensemen) with 17 hits. In two games with Manchester, the 6-3, 213-pound native of Woodstock, Ontario has two points (1-1=2) and two penalty minutes. Muzzin was signed by the Kings as an unrestricted free agent on Jan. 4, 2010.

Mitchell, 33, suffered an upper-body injury Saturday night at STAPLES Center during the Kings’ victory against Nashville. In 13 games this season, Mitchell has five points (1-4=5) and five penalty minutes. The 6-3, 212-pound native of Port McNeill, British Columbia is currently tied for seventh among NHL defensemen with a plus-7 rating. He’s also fifth in the NHL (third among defensemen) with 4:23 average short-handed time-on-ice per game, helping the Kings to a 90.7 percent success rate on the penalty kill (second in the NHL). Mitchell was signed by the Kings an unrestricted free agent on Aug. 25, 2010.

The Kings (10-3-0), tied for the most points in the NHL, continue their five-game homestand Thursday against Dallas at 7:30 p.m. There will be a special pre-game ceremony honoring Ryan Smyth, who played in his 1,000th career NHL game Saturday against Nashville.

The Kings will close out the homestand Saturday against the New York Islanders, with puck drop again slated for 7:30 p.m. Both games this week will be broadcast on FS West, KTLK 1150 and along the Kings Radio Network.

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