Christian Folin returns to LA Kings practice
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Los Angeles Kings defenseman Christian Folin returned to practice on Sunday in a non-contact jersey. Folin suffered an upper-body injury in the Kings' 4-1 win over the Philadelphia Flyers on Dec. 18 and has not played since. He appears close to returning to the Kings lineup, however. 

Folin was placed on the injury reserve on Dec. 19. So far, Folin has missed the last four Kings games. During that time, they have a record of two wins, one regulation loss and one overtime loss. While Folin has been out of the lineup, the Kings top six defensemen have been Jake Muzzin, Drew Doughty, Kurtis MacDermid, Alec Martinez, Derek Forbort and Kevin Gravel.

It is lucky the Kings have one of the top defensemen in the National Hockey League. Doughty is a two-time Olympic gold medalist, two-time Stanley Cup champion with the Kings, three-time all-star and the 2016 Norris Trophy winner. Martinez is also a two-time Stanley Cup champion, while Muzzin was on the Kings' Stanley Cup roster in 2014. 

So far this season, Folin has two goals and three assists for five points with 11 penalty minutes and a minus-one in 26 games. He came to the Kings in the offseason after four seasons with the Minnesota Wild. 

The Kings next home game is Sat., Jan. 6 at the Staples Center against the Nashville Predators. For tickets, please click here.