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Kings get Mitchell back, Brown also expected to play

by Dan Myers /

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- The Los Angeles Kings and Minnesota Wild enter their game Thursday at Xcel Energy Center relatively healthy.

Kings captain Dustin Brown, who sustained a hamstring injury early in training camp, has skated better in recent days and is expected to play on a line with Jarret Stoll and Trevor Lewis.

Kings defenseman Willie Mitchell, who missed all of last season after a pair of knee surgeries following the 2012 Stanley Cup Final, will return to the lineup in a familiar place -- against the Wild, a team he spent parts of five seasons with.

Jonathan Quick will start in goal for the Kings.

For Minnesota, rookie defenseman Mathew Dumba will not make his NHL debut Thursday. Wild coach Mike Yeo said he thought Clayton Stoner's size and veteran presence would be more valuable against a big, strong Kings team.

Up front, veteran forward Mike Rupp was on the ice during the morning skate but still is several days away from playing in a game. He is recovering from offseason knee surgery.

Here is a look at projected lineups for the game Thursday between the Kings and Wild:


Dwight King - Anze Kopitar - Justin Williams

Matt Frattin - Mike Richards - Jeff Carter

Trevor Lewis - Jarret Stoll - Dustin Brown

Kyle Clifford - Tyler Toffoli - Colin Fraser

Drew Doughty - Robyn Regehr

Slava Voynov - Willie Mitchell

Alec Martinez - Matt Greene

Jonathan Quick

Ben Scrivens

Scratched: Daniel Carcillo, Jordan Nolan, Keaton Ellerby, Jake Muzzin


Zach Parise - Mikko Koivu - Jason Pominville

Dany Heatley - Charlie Coyle - Nino Niederreiter

Matt Cooke - Kyle Brodziak - Mikael Granlund

Torrey Mitchell - Zenon Konopka - Justin Fontaine

Ryan Suter - Jonas Brodin

Marco Scandella - Jared Spurgeon

Clayton Stoner - Keith Ballard

Niklas Backstrom

Josh Harding

Scratched: Mathew Dumba, Nate Prosser

Injured: Mike Rupp (lower body)

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