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Westgarth has broken nose, Schenn returning to L.A., and other notes...


The morning after their 2-1 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks, the Kings practiced for about an hour Sunday at El Segundo.

Enforcer Kevin Westgarth, pummeled by Chicago's John Scott in a fight Saturday (pictured above), wore a shield to protect his broken nose during practice but won't wear it in Monday's game against the Ducks at Anaheim. Surprisingly, he said he hadn't broken the nose before.

"I think for realsies that was the first one," he said. "It's nice and flat anyway. So I'm sure it's been broken and I never really noticed."

Westgarth and Ducks enforcer George Parros, both Princeton alumni, tangled during an exhibition game and it wouldn't be a shock if a rematch should happen to break out.

"Big Georgie," said Westgarth, who went out to dinner with Parros the night after their tussle. "That's absolutely right."

Some news off the ice: center Brayden Schenn, loaned to Manchester of the American Hockey League for a two-week conditioning assignment, is scheduled to fly back to Los Angeles on Monday and practice with the team on Tuesday. After that he can play one more game before the first year of his contract would kick in.

Winger Alexei Ponikarovsky, who fractured his finger on Nov. 6, is scheduled to undergo X-rays on Monday to determine the progress of the healing process. Defenseman Willie Mitchell, who fractured his left hand the same day, is due for X-rays a week from Monday. Both skated lightly on Sunday.

The Kings will know by 9 a.m. Monday if forward John Zeiler has cleared recall waivers. If he has, he might play Monday night, Coach Terry Murray said.

Murray also said that goaltender Jonathan Quick will start against the Ducks.

More later at 

--Helene Elliott

Photo credit: Mark J. Terrill / Associated Press

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