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Los Angeles Kings defenceman Blake goes on injured reserve; Cloutier recalled

LOS ANGELES - The Los Angeles Kings placed defenceman Rob Blake on injured reserve with an ankle injury Thursday, and recalled goaltender Dan Cloutier from the Manchester Monarchs of the AHL.

The 38-year-old Blake is expected to be sidelined for about two weeks.

Tests last Friday revealed he had a non-displaced fracture of the left ankle, and he returned to Los Angeles from the Kings' eight-game road trip for treatment. The team said he was injured blocking a shot in a game Jan. 15. He played the next six games before the injury was diagnosed.

Blake, the team captain, has five goals and 21 assists in 53 games this season. He has 219 goals and 478 assists in 1,109 career games with the Kings and Colorado.

The 31-year-old Cloutier was 4-9 with a 3.50 goals-against average in 14 games with the Monarchs this season. He has a 137-138-36 record and a 2.75 goals-against average in 342 NHL games with the Kings, Vancouver, Tampa Bay and the New York Rangers.



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