EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) - Anze Kopitar skated at the Los Angeles Kings' training complex Monday with a brace on his sprained right knee, reporting no problems in his comeback from the recent injury.
The Kings' high-scoring center still is unlikely to play in the defending Stanley Cup champions' banner-raising season opener against Chicago on Saturday, but might not miss much more time.
Kings coach Darryl Sutter was encouraged by Kopitar's post-practice return to the ice just nine days after getting hurt in a collision on the boards while playing for Mora IK in Sweden's top league.
Kopitar has been the Kings' leading scorer in each of the past five seasons. He was the NHL's top playoff scorer last summer with 20 points, tied with linemate Dustin Brown.

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