Anze Kopitar activated; Matt Greene out with a herniated disc in his back

The Kings activated center Anze Kopitar on Tuesday and will insert him into their lineup for their game against the Colorado Avalanche. Kopitar did not play in the season-opening 5-2 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks on Saturday because of a sprained knee.

To make room for Kopitar on the roster, the Kings sent forward Anthony Stewart to Manchester (N.H.) of the American Hockey League after he cleared waivers. Stewart did not play Saturday, the odd-man out in a crowded lineup of grinding forwards..

Meanwhile, the Kings said via Twitter that defenseman Matt Greene has a herniated disc in his back. It was reported first on TSN on Monday, but the Kings said only that Greene suffered a “mid-body injury” and was played on the injured reserve list.

“He had trouble this summer,” Kings coach Darryl Sutter told reporters after the morning skate Tuesday in Denver. “And that’s part of playing a long time. He had trouble with it and it acted up again. We’ve seen that with a handful of our players so far. It was diagnosed as a bulging disc this summer and he trained through it.”



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