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KING REPORT

Allison Joins 'the Big Group'

November 20, 2003|Elliott Teaford | Times Staff Writer

The news on the injury front was mixed again Wednesday for the Kings. Jason Allison participated in the morning skate, with what Coach Andy Murray referred to as "the big group."

But Allison was no closer to rejoining his teammates for a game because of post-concussion syndrome.

Allison says he needs a month to prepare for game conditions once he believes he's fit enough to practice at full speed. When asked about that time frame, Murray shrugged and said, "I don't know what that means."

With centers Allison, Derek Armstrong (broken finger) and Jozef Stumpel (bruised chest) sidelined, Murray moved Eric Belanger between Alexander Frolov and Ziggy Palffy to start Wednesday's game against the Nashville Predators.

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Murray was uncertain whether he would give backup goaltender Cristobal Huet a start when the Kings play Friday at Dallas and Saturday at Colorado. Huet had played only three games before Wednesday, and none since Oct. 30, when he relieved Roman Cechmanek during a 3-1 loss against Vancouver.

"We haven't talked about it," Murray said. "What's [Cechmanek] played, nine or 10 in a row? We'll take each game as it comes. We would like to think we could get Huet in. We believe in him. We want to win. We'd like him to play, but we'll do whatever gives us the best chance to win."

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