EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- Los Angeles Kings right wing Justin Williams gave coach Terry Murray the go-head to insert him in the lineup Thursday for the opening game of the Western Conference quarterfinal series against the Sharks in San Jose.
"I'm a go for tomorrow night," Williams said after practice Wednesday at the Toyota Sports Center. "I should be in the lineup."
Williams dislocated his right shoulder March 21 against Calgary and missed the final nine regular-season games. The injury was initially expected to sideline him three to four weeks.
Williams began practicing Monday with a harness and said he feels ready to contribute.
"Comfortable as I'll ever be and confident I can make an impact," he said.
Williams, who signed a four-year, $14.6 million contract extension in February, tied for second on the team with 57 points. His availability is much needed as the Kings lost leading scorer Anze Kopitar to a season-ending ankle injury five days after Williams was injured. The Kings scored just 11 goals in the final seven games without Williams and Kopitar.
Williams wore a non-contact jersey the last three days and Murray had not yet assigned him a line.
"That's OK," he said. "We'll find a place"
Dan Arritt covers the Kings for ESPNLosAngeles.com.