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Anze Kopitar: (Knee) Making Progress
Update: Kopitar (knee) could be cleared for contact as soon as Thursday after getting through some drills in Wednesday's practice but still seems unlikely to be ready for the start of the season, the Los Angeles Times reports. "If there's any doubt, we're not going to play him," general manager Dean Lombardi said.

Recommendation: Kopitar echoed the sentiments of his general manager, adding "I want to play the rest of the season. I don't want to force it now. I'd rather make it 100% now and play for the rest of the season and be ready for the playoffs as opposed to forcing it now and having a major setback a little later on." Kopitar continues to make steady progress but expect the Kings to make sure he's ready before inserting him back into the lineup.

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