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Kings lose Scott Parse until Februrary; Will try to send Brayden Schenn to AHL for conditioning

If it felt like Kings forward Scott Parse just got back into action in Los Angeles, it’s because that’s the case. Parse returned to action on November 4th after missing most of the preseason and the start of the season with a lower body injury. This time, he’s out with another lower body injury, a torn labrum in his hip, and he’ll be out of action for the next 3-4 months.

In five games this year, Parse had a goal and three assists and was about to establish himself as one of the Kings better weapons on the left wing. Instead, they’ll have to continue waiting for him to be healthy. With an injury to Alexei Ponikarovsky already, the Kings forward health takes another hit. The Kings have called up 21 year-old Dwight King up from AHL Manchester to take the place of Parse.

Meanwhile, the Kings are hoping they can send junior-eligible forward Brayden Schenn to Manchester for a conditioning stint. The catch with that is that junior-eligible players aren’t allowed to go to the AHL. The Kings, perhaps in an effort to bend the rules, are looking to send him there while they try and figure out what, exactly, they’re going to do with him. As Rich Hammond of L.A. Kings Insider notes, it’s believed the Kings can send him to the AHL for 14 days without having Schenn lose his junior eligibility.

Of course, having Schenn sit in the press box all along while they try to figure out what to do with him next seems like the bigger issue here. The Kings don’t want to make a decision on him yet, meanwhile he’s only got one more game left to play before the Kings are forced to make a decision on him. All while he sits in limbo, he sits in the press box.

Devils call up three players and lose Mark Fraser 4-6 with broken hand

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With Brian Rolston on LTIR for the next 4-6 weeks due to sports hernia surgery, the Devils have free reign to call up players from the AHL to help them ice a full roster of players and they did that today by calling three players up from Albany. Forwards Jacob Josefson and Tim Sestito and defenseman Matt Corrente get the call to help the Devils play a full roster for the first time since the second game of the year.

Corrente getting called up makes sense because he was one of the Devils last players cut in training camp and he might just get a chance to make his presence felt right away thanks to an unlucky injury elsewhere on the team. Defenseman Mark Fraser is out 4-6 weeks with a broken hand that he apparently suffered in a fight with Sabres forward Cody McCormick last night.

Corrente gets to fill the role of physical presence depth defenseman. He’ll drop the gloves from time to time similar to how Fraser does but the Devils are hoping his youthful upside can help out. As for Josefson, we mentioned him a little bit yesterday and thought that he might be a bit too green to get the NHL call but clearly his upside tickles the Devils fancy and he’ll get a shot to play now. Sestito can fill a physical presence that is missing with Pierre-Luc Letorneau-Leblond being back in Albany.