Demitra to have surgery for nasal fracture

LOS ANGELES -- Los Angeles Kings forward Pavol Demitra,
who has played in just one game since the Olympic break, is
scheduled to have surgery Friday to repair a nasal fracture.

During the Winter Olympics, Demitra took a puck to the face
while representing Slovakia. He has been suffering from
breathing difficulties.

The procedure is scheduled to be done by Dr. Chester Griffiths,
a member of the team's medical staff. The team gave no
timetable for Demitra's return.

The loss of Demitra, 31, is another setback for the Kings, who
have been having trouble scoring as they pursue a postseason
berth. Los Angeles has not scored more than three goals in any
of its 10 games since the break.

The Kings fired coach Andy Murray on Tuesday and replaced him
with John Torchetti. They are 37-28-5 with 79 points.

In his 12th NHL season and first with the Kings, Demitra has 22
goals, 35 assists and a team-best plus-21 rating. In his
career, the three-time All-Star has 238 tallies and 576 points
with Ottawa, St. Louis and Los Angeles.