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Kings cut three, get down to 28

September 24, 2009 |  3:46 pm

The Kings are zeroing in on their regular-season roster as the end of training camp approaches.

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They cut three players Thursday, sending defenseman Andrew Campell and center Marc-Andre Cliche to Manchester (N.H.) of the American Hockey League and returning left wing Kyle Clifford to his junior team, Barrie of the Ontario Hockey League.

They have 28 players left, including winger Raitis Ivanans, who had a "therapy day" instead of a workout. The Kings must submit their 23-man roster to the NHL by noon Pacific time Wednesday.

Alec Martinez will play against Colorado on Saturday in Las Vegas in place of Sean O'Donnell, who was suspended for the last three exhibition games and first two regular-season games for his cross-check of the Islanders' Matt Martin on Tuesday. Jonathan Quick will play the whole game in net.

Here's the projected lineup for Saturday's game:

Goalies: Quick, Jonathan Bernier.

Defense:Martinez-Drew Doughty; Jack Johnson-Rob Scuderi; Davis Drewiske-Matt Greene.

Forwards: Ryan Smyth-Anze Kopitar-Justin Williams; Teddy Purcell-Jarret Stoll-Dustin Brown; Alexander Frolov-Michal Handzus-Wayne Simmonds; Richard Clune-Trevor Lewis-Kevin Westgarth.

More later from O'Donnell on his suspension and what he called his "paternal" feeling in coming to the defense of Doughty after the Islanders had run the Kings' standout second-year defenseman.

-- Helene Elliott

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