After missing the Kings' last 48 regular season games and the entirety of the playoffs, Simon Gagne will finally get his chance to lace 'em up tonight when Los Angeles hosts the Devils in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final.
Gagne has not seen game action since December 26 when he suffered a concussion. In fact, he hadn't even resumed on-ice activities until May 25. The 32-year-old winger appeared in 34 games for Los Angeles before the injury and had 7 goals and 10 assists for 17 points in that span.
However, he does have a history of success against the Devils, whatever that's worth. Gagne has scored 22 goals and 10 assists in 55 regular season games against the New Jersey Devils during the course of his career, most of which he spent playing for the rival Philadelphia Flyers, according to Tom Gulitti of The Bergen Record.
He'll will join Mike Richards and Jeff Carter as outcasted Flyers looking for redemption from their 2010 loss in the Final with L.A.
The Kings are hopeful that Gagne, who is known for his prowess with the man advantage, will inject some life into their power play. Los Angeles has converted just two of their last 28 power play chances dating back to Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals