ST. LOUIS — Injured Kings defenseman Matt Greene's recovery has progressed enough to allow him to resume skating, and his projected return to the lineup is now set for late April, according to Kings General Manager Dean Lombardi.
Greene skated for 15 minutes Thursday, and later in the day Lombardi said via text that his "projected return is one more month."
The steady defenseman was injured in the season opener against the Chicago Blackhawks on Jan. 19 and required back surgery to repair a herniated disc. Lombardi initially said he thought that Greene would be out for two to three months.
With this latest timetable, the expectation is that Greene would be available for the opening round of the playoffs. The Kings' final game of the NHL's shortened season is April 27, against the San Jose Sharks.