November 1, 2011 4:00 pm

Positive step for Gagne

The Kings got some good news today, when first-line winger Simon Gagne returned to practice. Gagne didn’t practice Friday, then missed the two weekend games with what Terry Murray described only as a “middle-body injury.’’ Gagne returned to his first-line role with center Anze Kopitar and right winger Justin Williams and is expected to play Thursday against Edmonton. Gagne had three goals and four assists in his first five games but now has played four consecutive games without recording a point.

MURRAY: “Gagne got through the practice. He felt good coming in this morning. I’ll check in before he gets away here today, but I hope everything was fine and he is back on the ice to get ready for the game against Edmonton.’’

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