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Brad Richardson to rejoin Kings' lineup, John Zeiler headed back to American Hockey League

Greetings from Chicago, where it’s cold but clear.

Neither the Blackhawks nor the Kings had a morning skate Sunday. The Kings had meetings at their downtown hotel and afterward coach Terry Murray said forward Brad Richardson will play against the Blackhawks and that John Zeiler will be returned to Manchester of the American Hockey League.

Richardson, who suffered an upper-body injury Dec. 9, must be activated off injured reserve before he can play. He had been skating on his own in El Segundo and arrived in Chicago on Saturday night.

Murray also said he’s not sure of his line combinations for Sunday’s game but might make Oscar Moller a healthy scratch. Odd, because Moller played pretty well the past two games, with a goal at St. Louis and two assists at Nashville. But maybe Murray’s looking for a physical game and figures Moller can’t handle it….or thinks Moller’s defensive game isn’t good enough.

Left wing Marco Sturm won’t play, and although Murray had said he hoped Sturm would play Tuesday at Colorado in the finale of this trip, that’s now not certain.

Jonathan Quick will start in goal, as scheduled.

Also, prospect Brayden Schenn was appointed an alternate captain for Team Canada at the upcoming world junior championships.

We’ll have more later at www.latimes.com/sports

-- Helene Elliott in Chicago

 
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