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Sekera reportedly not expected to return during regular season, as Kings cling to playoff spot

Los Angeles Kings v Minnesota Wild

ST. PAUL, MN - MARCH 28: Andrej Sekera #7 of the Los Angeles Kings skates during the game against the Minnesota Wild on March 28, 2015 at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minnesota. (Photo by Bruce Kluckhohn/NHLI via Getty Images)

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It appears the L.A. Kings could be without defenseman Andrej Sekera for the remainder of the regular season as they look to lock down a post-season berth.

According to a report from Lisa Dillman of the L.A. Times, Sekera is not expected to return to the Kings lineup during the regular season due to injury.

The 28-year-old blue liner was hurt during a loss to the Chicago Blackhawks on Monday. It was reported this week there was speculation the injury he sustained wasn’t minor, either.

That could be a big loss, considering the Kings paid a heavy price for Sekera, a pending unrestricted free agent who L.A. acquired just prior to the trade deadline for a first-round draft pick and prospect Roland McKeown.

That first-round pick could be in the 2015 draft, provided the Kings make the playoffs.

Since joining the Kings, Sekera had four points in 16 games.

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