Dustin Brown appears closer to returning to action as he was activated off of injured reserve in advance of the LA Kings‘ matchup with the Chicago Blackhawks on Tuesday. Per the team, the 37-year-old is available for tonight’s game.
The @LAKings have made the following player transaction:
— LA Kings PR (@LAKingsPR) April 12, 2022
Brown has not played since March 12 after taking a shot off his hand/wrist area, slowly leaving the ice against the Sharks.
After leading the Kings with 17 goals last season, including nine power-play goals, Brown has not been able to replicate that production in his final year under contract. In 57 games played, the Ithaca, New York native has just eight goals and 17 points. He’s also been bumped from his spot on the first line and dropped down to the third line, trying to find some success alongside Quinton Byfield.
As other tweets are rolling in, it sounds like Brown will, in fact, return against the Blackhawks.
Dustin Brown has been activated from IR by the @LAKings, and is expected to play tonight in Chicago. Other lineup changes expected as well.
— Alex Faust (@alex_faust) April 12, 2022
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