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Separated Shoulder to Keep Barney Out

Times Staff Writer

What else is new?

Put any King player on a modest scoring streak and just wait for the inevitable injury to occur.

The latest victim was right wing Scott Barney, who hurt his right shoulder Friday in Buffalo, N.Y., in a second-period collision with former King Adam Mair. Barney had scored 10 points in 14 games since joining the Kings from Manchester (N.H.) of the American Hockey League.

On Tuesday, he was reevaluated by team doctor Ron Kvitne in Los Angeles and the examination showed that Barney has a first-degree separated shoulder and is considered week to week.

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In slightly more optimistic news, injured defenseman Aaron Miller and forward Martin Straka were able to skate before the regularly scheduled team practice.

“He is feeling quite a bit better,” Coach Andy Murray said of Miller, who has been out since Dec. 10 because of a pinched nerve in his neck. “I don’t know if he’s close to returning, but at least he’s starting to skate again today, which is encouraging.”

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The Kings activated goaltender Milan Hnilicka from the injured reserve list and sent him to Manchester.

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His injury, a broken finger, occurred during practice Jan. 2. The 30-year-old, from the Czech Republic, played in two games this season with the Kings, going 0-1-0.

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The start time for the Kings’ game at Dallas on Feb. 25 has been changed to 5:30 p.m. PST from 6 p.m.

TONIGHT

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vs. Dallas, 7:30, Fox Sports Net

Site -- Staples Center.

Radio -- KSPN (710).

Records -- Kings 22-16-14-7, Stars 27-22-10-0.

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Record vs. Stars -- 1-2-1-0.

Update -- The Stars, coming off a loss to the Mighty Ducks on Monday, have won twice in their last five games. In the last meeting, the teams tied, 2-2, on Jan. 3 at Staples Center. Murray said goaltender Roman Cechmanek will start tonight against the Stars.


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