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Willie Mitchell was named the Los Angeles Kings nominee for the Bill Masterton Trophy.

The Trophy is awarded to the player who exemplifies perseverance, sportsmanship, and dedication to hockey. Mitchell returned to the NHL this season after missing all of last year with a knee injury. He ended the season with a goal, 12 points and a plus-12 rating in 76 games as well as a two game scoring streak.

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Willie Mitchell has two assists Saturday for his first multi-point night since April 5, 2012.

Mitchell is more of a defensive defenseman and has only a goal and nine points in 70 games this season but has four assists in his last five games. Kudos if you have had him in your lineup the past five games.

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Kings-Ducks on Saturday night could be a playoff preview.

If anything, it's a measuring-stick game for each team, the Kings winners of eight of nine and the Ducks snapping a four-game losing streak Friday night. "Nothing against the teams we've played but they haven't put up the points that a team like Anaheim has," Willie Mitchell said. "Toronto was a step in that direction. It was a game we lost. They didn't catch us by surprise by any means. I just think that we didn't play a solid 60 minutes, and playing against Anaheim we're going to have to play a solid 60 minutes to win the hockey game. That's just a given. Those games are going to be key for us just getting into the playoffs to win those games, and also just getting ready for the playoffs."

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Willie Mitchell netted his first goal of the season in Monday's loss to Boston.

The defensive defenseman has five points and a plus-11 rating in 45 games this year. Jeff Carter also scored for the Kings in the contest to give him four points in his past four outings.

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Willie Mitchell has more or less met Kings coach Darryl Sutter's expectations.

Sutter is factoring in that Mitchell is 36 years old and missed the entire 2013-14 campaign. He has four assists and 42 penalty minutes in 43 games this season. He's also logging 20:25 minutes per contest, which is only marginally below his career average.

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Willie Mitchell is in the lineup for the Kings on Saturday night.

The rearguard had been dealing with an upper-body injury. He has not played since Dec. 14. Mitchell has four assists on the season, and he's averaging 20:06 of ice time. Daniel Carcillo, Matt Frattin and Colin Fraser are the scratches against the Predators

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Defenseman Willie Mitchell (upper body) was back practicing with the Kings on Friday and could be in their lineup when they play in Nashville today.

Mitchell suffered his injury at Ottawa on the Kings' last trip.

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Willie Mitchell's upper-body injury isn't a concussion.

Mitchell left Saturday's game due to the ailment, but he took part in Wednesday's optional practice. "It's really encouraging," Mitchell said. "Hopefully tomorrow it'll just keep progressing." He has four assists in 33 games in 2013-14.

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Willie Mitchell may have suffered a concussion on Saturday.

He didn't play in the third period because of what was described as an "upper-body injury" following a hit from Chris Neil. Mitchell didn't skate or play Sunday because he felt ill and coach Darryl Sutter referenced the hit he took on Saturday as the cause. Mitchell could be suffering from concussion-like symptoms.

Willie Mitchell D LA 4 Months

The Los Angeles Kings will be without rugged defenseman Willie Mitchell against the Chicago Blackhawks on Sunday.

Mitchell isn't an obvious fantasy threat, although he does fill up peripheral categories with 28 PIM, 43 hits and 56 blocked shots. His loss is more likely to be felt in subtle ways, as shutting down the Blackhawks will be that much tougher. Matt Greene takes his place in the lineup.