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Los Angeles Kings take hope and health into a two-game Florida swing

Los Angeles Kings take hope and health into a two-game Florida swing

With fewer than 30 games remaining in the regular season, the Kings are running out of time if they hope to reach the NHL playoffs and do so injury-free. And though neither goal is guaranteed, the team appears to be making progress toward both as it opens a two-game swing through Florida, meeting the Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday before facing the Florida Panthers on Thursday in Sunrise, Fla.

Despite being blown out Sunday at Washington, the Kings have won five of six and woke up Monday leading the Western Conference’s wild-card race. Plus they got winger Tyler Toffoli back in the lineup on this trip after a six-week absence and welcomed injured goaltender...

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