Palffy separated his shoulder during overtime of the Kings' 4-4
tie at Anaheim on Wednesday night. He has 16 goals and 25 assists
in 35 games this season. He missed five other games with facial
injuries after getting hit by a puck while sitting on the bench.
The surgery will be performed by team physician Dr. Ronald
Kvitne, the Kings said Friday.
The 31-year-old Palffy has played for the Kings for five years
and ranks 13th on their career scoring list with 340 points on 150
goals and 190 assists in 311 games. A three-time All-Star, he has
318 goals and 671 points in 642 NHL games since breaking in with
the New York Islanders in 1993-94.
The Kings (16-14-7-4) bring a 10-game winless streak into
Saturday night's game against Columbus at Staples Center.