ARMSTRONG RETURNS TO KINGS LINE-UP
Armstrong, 32, was placed on the injured reserve list on November 1 (retroactive to October 25) with a groin injury. Since suffering the injury during a Kings practice, the 6-0, 190-pounder from Ottawa has missed four games. Armstrong, acquired from the New York Rangers for a conditional third-round selection in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft, is tied for fifth on the Kings in scoring with nine points (2-7=9) in 10 games this season. In 219 career NHL games with the Kings, Rangers, Ottawa Senators and New York Islanders, Armstrong has 101 points (37-64=101) and 123 penalty minutes.
Belanger, 31, has zero points and seven penalty minutes in five games with the Kings this season. The 6-4, 220-pound native of Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, signed a one-year contract with the Kings on September 30 after making the Kings out of training camp. He began training camp as a non-roster invitee. Originally selected by the Hartford Whalers in the seventh-round (153rd overall) in the 1992 NHL Entry Draft, Belanger, in 248 career NHL games with the Kings, Boston Bruins, Islanders and Toronto Maple Leafs, has 23 points (11-12=23) and 695 penalty minutes.
The Pacific Division-leading Kings (10-5-0, 20 points) open a four-game road trip in Detroit tomorrow, Wednesday, at 4:30 p.m. (PT). The contest will air on FSN West, KSPN Radio 710 and along the Kings Radio Network.