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Kings lose D Mitchell, LW Ponikarovsky to injuries @NHL

LOS ANGELES (AP) -The Los Angeles Kings will be without defenseman Willie Mitchell and left wing Alexei Ponikarovsky for at least a month.

The Kings announced Monday that both veteran newcomers were injured during Saturday's win over Nashville.

Mitchell will be out four to six weeks with a broken wrist, while Ponikarovsky will miss at least four weeks with a broken finger. Neither player will need surgery.

Mitchell and Ponikarovsky are both in their first seasons in Los Angeles, which leads the Western Conference at 10-3-0.

Mitchell has one goal and four assists while playing with Drew Doughty in the Kings' top defensive pairing.

Ponikarovsky has two goals and two assists for Los Angeles.

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