NHL Playoffs 2011: L.A. Kings Justin Williams Ready to Return

Los Angeles Kings forward Justin Williams has will return ahead of schedule to play tomorrow in the opening game of the 2011 postseason against the San Jose Sharks.

Williams dislocated his shoulder in this win over the Calgary Flames.

He was originally expected to miss at least four weeks. Playing tomorrow means he will be back a full week sooner.

He participated in contact drills during practice today, for the first time since getting hurt.

However, he was still wearing a “a tight, vest-like brace protecting his shoulder”.

Today marked his second full practice in a row.

Earlier today, Williams let the team know he felt ready to play.

“I’m as comfortable as I will ever be,” Williams said on LAKings.com. “I’m confident that I’m going to make an impact, and I don’t want to sit on the sidelines any more.”

He scored 22 goals and 35 assists for 55 points during the regular season.

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