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Kopitar had his first multi-point effort of the season with a goal and an assist Saturday.

Kopitar had just one point in his last seven games and just three points total prior to Saturday. He's off to a sluggish start offensively but you have to think he'll turn it around soon as linemate Marion Gaborik rounds back into form after returning from an injury.

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Kopitar (upper body) saw 19:25 of action in his return to the ice Sunday against the Hurricanes. He didn't score any points, but won 13 of 19 faceoffs in the 3-2 defeat.

With the returns of both Kopitar and Marian Gaborik (undisclosed) to the lineup, the Kings were able to play with their top line intact for the first time since the third game of the season back on Oct. 12. Both players looked a little rusty and combined for just three shots against perhaps the league's worst team, but both figure to return to their normal level of production as they become further removed from the injuries. Prior to suffering the injury early last week and missing three games, Kopitar had been off to a slow start offensively, collecting just three points in eight games.

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Kopitar (upper body) is expected to play Sunday against the Hurricanes, Jon Rosen of LA Kings Insider reports.

Kopitar practiced with the team Saturday, and said he is feeling good. He's not a lock to play just yet, but it's probably best to have him in fantasy lineups unless he suffers a setback before Sunday's game.

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Kopitar (upper body) hopes to return to the lineup Sunday against the Hurricanes, Lisa Dillman of the Los Angeles Times reports.

Kopitar has shown improvement in his condition over the last few days, but it doesn't sound like he'll receive clearance to return to the lineup for Friday's tilt with the Red Wings. Though Kopitar will miss his third straight game, the Kings are expected to welcome back fellow center Trevor Lewis (upper body) to the lineup Friday, as the team demoted forward David Van der Gulik earlier in the day to pave the way for his activation. The Kings should be able to get by fine for another game before their star reclaims his spot in the lineup.

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Kopitar (upper body) didn't take part in line rushes during morning skate and is expected to be scratched Thursday against the Penguins, Jon Rosen of reports.

Along with fellow injured forwards Trevor Lewis and Marian Gaborik, Kopitar remained on the ice for extra work following the morning session, suggesting he's not yet ready to return. While Kopitar will miss his second straight game, the cap-strapped Kings were fortunate enough to be granted an emergency recall Thursday to ice a healthy 20 skaters, an option that wasn't available to them Tuesday against the Flyers.

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Kopitar (upper body) didn't join the Kings on the ice for pregame warmups and looks like he can be ruled out for Tuesday's game against the Flyers, Jim Fox of FOX Sports West reports.

Though coach Darryl Sutter offered a glimmer of hope that Kopitar could possibly suit up Tuesday despite everything else at morning skate suggesting otherwise, the center will be forced to sit for the first time this season. While it doesn't sound like his injury is severe, it's serious enough to knock him out of a contest the Kings could desperately use him -- or any other player, for that matter. Kopitar's injury and the Kings' lack of cap room to add a call-up from the minors will force the team to ice just 19 players Tuesday.

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Kopitar (upper body) will not play in Tuesday's game against the Flyers, according to Lisa Dillman of the LA Times.

Kopitar was able to skate Tuesday morning, but he is not feeling good enough to take the ice Tuesday night. Due to salary cap restrictions, the Kings will be forced to play a man down Tuesday. It remains to be seen if they will be forced to do the same in their next game Thursday.

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The Kings have yet to decide whether or not Kopitar (upper body) will play in Tuesday's game against the Flyers, Jon Rosen of LA Kings Insider reports.

Kopitar participated in Tuesday's morning skate, but he skated as an extra during line rushes, so it seems likely he will be held out Tuesday. The Kings will not call up a player to take Kopitar's place due to cap reasons, so if he sits out, the Kings will play a man down Tuesday night.

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Kopitar (upper body) is travelling with the team to Philadelphia for Tuesday's matchup with the Flyers, Helene Elliott of the LA Times reports.

Kopitar's status for Tuesday's game has not been determined yet, but the team stated that his injury is not serious, so fantasy owners can breathe a sigh of relief. The star center has two goals and an assist on the season, and should be back in the lineup before too long.

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Kopitar was forced to exit Sunday's game against the Blue Jackets due to an upper body injury and will not return, The Columbus Dispatch reports.

Kopitar managed just one shot attempt prior to leaving Sunday's game. Expect his status to be updated in the near future.