The Los Angeles Kings decided to reactivate left winger Kyle Clifford from the injury reserve on Thursday. Clifford was placed on the injury reserve on Dec. 23 when the Kings called up goaltender Jack Campbell on an emergency basis. Campbell was called up from the Ontario Reign of the American Hockey League to give the Kings some added depth for their games against the San Jose Sharks on Dec. 23 and sent back to the Reign on Dec. 24.
Clifford returned to the Kings lineup for their game against the Vegas Golden Knights on Dec. 28 and had four hits in 10 minutes and four seconds of ice time in a 3-2 overtime loss. He then scored his first goal of the season from Trevor Lewis and Kevin Gravel in a 4-3 Kings win over the Vancouver Canucks on Saturday. Clifford's goal tied the hockey game at three goals apiece at the time. Also against the Canucks, Clifford was a +2 with two shots on net in 13 minutes and 39 seconds of ice time.
Clifford was the Kings second round pick, 35th overall, in the 2009 National Hockey League Entry Draft. He has played in eight games this season and has one goal and one assist for two points. His assist came on the Kings' first goal of the 2017-18 season by Lewis in the Kings' 2-0 win over the Philadelphia Flyers on Oct. 5. Clifford is also a +3 with two penalty minutes, eight shots on goal, 16 hits, two blocked shots and two takeaways. He missed more than two months earlier in the season with an upper body injury.