Kings activate Scott Parse

Updated: April 22, 2011, 5:19 PM ET
By Dan Arritt | ESPNLosAngeles.com

The Los Angeles Kings activated winger Scott Parse from injured reserve Friday, making him available to play in Game 5 on Saturday night against the Sharks in San Jose.

The Sharks won Game 4 on Thursday night, 6-3, to take a 3-1 edge in the best-of-seven series.

Parse, a sixth-round pick in 2004, sat out the first month of the season with a groin injury. He returned to a top-line role in early November and scored four points in five games but then underwent hip surgery related to the previous injury.

Parse has been skating for several weeks and began participating in practice heading into the postseason. During practice Friday, before the team left for San Jose, he was on a line with center Michal Handzus and right wing Justin Williams.

The Kings are in need of offense after the season-ending ankle injury to leading scorer Anze Kopitar with two weeks remaining in the regular season. They are also in need of defense after allowing 12 goals in their last two games.

Dan Arritt covers the Kings for ESPNLosAngeles.com.