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Los Angeles Kings activate D Matt Greene after 42-game injury absence; got hurt in opener

Los Angeles Kings defenseman Matt Greene (2) celebrates with the Stanley Cup in the locker room after the Kings defeated the New Jersey Devils 6-1 in Game Six of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup finals at the Staples Center Monday, June 11, 2012 in Los Angeles. The Kings won the series 4-3. (AP Photo/Dave Sandford/Pool)

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Los Angeles Kings defenseman Matt Greene (2) celebrates with the Stanley Cup in the locker room after the Kings defeated the New Jersey Devils 6-1 in Game Six of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup finals at the Staples Center Monday, June 11, 2012 in Los Angeles. The Kings won the series 4-3. (AP Photo/Dave Sandford/Pool)

LOS ANGELES, Calif. - Defenceman Matt Greene has been activated by the Los Angeles Kings after getting injured in the defending Stanley Cup champions' season opener.

The Kings moved Greene off injured reserve on Friday, adding another important veteran for their playoff push.

Greene injured his back in the Kings' opener Jan. 19 against Chicago. He missed 42 games with the injury, but returned to the ice for practice in recent weeks.

He could boost the Kings as they jockey with San Jose for the fourth playoff seed in the Western Conference.

Greene was a major part of the Kings' sturdy defence during last season's title run, but Greene and fellow veteran defenceman Willie Mitchell have missed virtually the entire season with injuries, forcing Los Angeles to trade for Robyn Regehr and Keaton Ellerby.

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