After missing 19 games, Kings activate Tyler Toffoli from injured reserve

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Thanks to four consecutive wins, including a dominating 5-0 win over the Colorado Avalanche earlier this week, the Los Angeles Kings enter play on Saturday back in a playoff position in the Western Conference.

They got some more good news when forward Tyler Toffoli was actived from injured reserve after missing the past 19 games due to a lower body injury.

He remains a game-time decision for Saturday afternoon’s game against the Philadelphia Flyers, but the fact he has been activated from IR is a positive development for a Kings team that continues to make a second half push for the playoffs.

Toffoli, who most recently appeared in a game for the Kings on Dec. 20, has been one of their best forwards the past three years and has developed into a well-rounded player that excels in all phases of the game, including on the penalty kill.

After scoring a career-high 31 goals a year ago for the Kings, he has eight goals and 12 assists in his first 32 games this season.

That .625 points per game average is currently third best on the team (minimum 20 games played), behind only Jeff Carter and Anze Kopitar.