Ferraro May Be Back on Trip

Center Ray Ferraro, who had knee surgery on Dec. 8, did not dress for the Kings’ 5-2 victory over the Vancouver Canucks on Monday night, but he says that he is close to returning to the lineup and could play during the team’s upcoming five-game road swing.

“I’m ready to play, but [Coach] Larry [Robinson] wants me to get a couple of practices in,” said Ferraro, who has played in only nine games this season because of injuries. “I would guess either in Dallas or in Phoenix.”

Right wing Pavel Rosa, one of the Kings’ top minor league prospects who suffered a concussion during the exhibition season, has finally been cleared to play after playing in only one game with Fredericton of the American Hockey League this season.

The Kings have outscored Vancouver, 13-11, in three games this season. They won, 8-2, last month at the Forum and the Canucks won, 7-0, Dec. 15 at Vancouver. . . . Because of injuries, Vancouver’s Alexander Mogilny (groin), Kirk McLean (rib) and Dana Murzyn (knee) did not play against the Kings. . . . Donald MacLean, Sandy Moger and Aki Berg were the King scratches. . . . King assistant Rick Green’s wife, Sylvie, had a baby boy named Michael early Sunday morning.