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Up next for Kings: Thursday vs. Buffalo

Kings tonight VS. BUFFALO When:7:30. Where: Staples Center. On the air: TV: FS West; Radio: 1150. Records: Kings 27-19-3, Sabres 30-12-6. Record vs. Sabres (2008-09): 0-1-0. Update: The Kings are 2-4 on their longest homestand of the season with only tonight’s game left. Defenseman Matt Greene is expected to return after missing four games because of a lower-body injury, and defenseman Alec Martinez was assigned to Manchester (N.H.) of the American Hockey League. Left wing Ryan Smyth was excused from Wednesday’s practice to participate in the Olympic torch relay in his native province of Alberta. The Sabres are 2-1-1 on their seven-game trip after a wild 5-4 loss at Anaheim on Tuesday. -- Helene Elliott


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