After missing practice last Friday and the team's back-to-back weekend games, Simon Gagne was back to practicing with the Kings the last two days, especially yesterday when he was skating on the top line with Anze Kopitar and Justin Williams.

 

Gagne had been sidelined with what was considered a mid-body injury but is now better and expected to play on the top line tomorrow night against Edmonton.

 

Although Gagne hadn't recorded a point in the last four games before getting injured, his presence tomorrow night should be a significant momentum boost as the Oilers are coming in as one of the hottest teams in the league.

 

Dustin Penner, who started last game on the top line, will be moved to the third line where he will be paired with Jarret Stoll and Brad Richardson. Hopefully, that will be what's necessary to get Penner into a groove.

 

Back to Gagne, if he plays tomorrow night, which he most likely will, that will mean that Trent Hunter will most likely be the odd man out.

 

Before his four-game pointless streak, Gagne registered three goals and four assists in his first five games so hopefully the Kings can see him return to his early-season form.