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Kings' Justin Williams will play in Game 1

Ljin9unc Right wing Justin Williams, who has been out of the Kings lineup since dislocating his shoulder March 21, intends to play in Game 1 Thursday night against the San Jose Sharks.

The plan is to have him skate on a regular line, although Coach Terry Murray is not sure yet which line that will be. Williams had been on the top line when he was injured.

Williams' pronouncement that he is ready to go was made after Wednesday's practice, The Times' Helene Elliott reports from the Toyota Sports Center in El Segundo.

Since the Kings lost top scorer Anze Kopitar to ankle surgery, getting Williams back in time for their playoff opener would be a gift. He collected 22 goals and 57 points during the regular season and his speed often proved to be a crucial factor for the Kings. Helene will have all the details from the practice later Wednesday.


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Photo: Justin Williams #14 of the Los Angeles Kings skates off the ice after being called for a penalty against the Columbus Blue Jackets on March 11, 2011 at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio. Credit: Jamie Sabau/NHLI via Getty Images

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