Derek Armstrong has a “clavicular contusion,” whatever that means, and with Jeff Cowan already out of the lineup, the Kings had no spare forwards. So they put both Armstrong and Cowan on injured reserve and recalled Noah Clarke and Tim Jackman from Manchester.

Clarke never rose about the level of fourth-line forward in his previous stints but he’s off to a great start in Manchester, with five goals and four assists in nine games. Jackman has two goals and one assist in nine games with Manchester. The Kings acquired him in one of their 524 transactions involving Yanick Lehoux last season.

At least one of them — or both, if the Kings decide to scratch Raitis Ivanans — will be in the lineup Tuesday night in Colorado.

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