LOS ANGELES, Dec. 27 (UPI) -- The Los Angeles Kings placed play-making center Jason Allison on injured reserve Friday for the second time this season with a knee sprain.
Allison, who made his way back from a torn MCL and sprained ACL that caused him to miss the entire month of November, aggravated the MCL injury and is sidelined with a sprained right knee.
The move is retroactive to Monday.
After a knee-to-knee hit by Andy Sutton of the Atlanta Thrashers on Oct. 29, Allison was expected to miss three months. Instead, he sat only 15 games and is tied for first on the team with 19 assists and third in scoring with 24 points in just 18 contests.
The Kings are in second place in the Pacific Division and 5-4 since Allison's return.
After being acquired from Boston in a multi-player deal last year, he had 19 goals and 55 assists in 73 games. His best season was in 2000-01 for Boston, when he totaled career highs of 36 goals, 59 assists and 95 points.
Los Angeles recalled center Jerred Smithson from Manchester of the American Hockey League to fill the empty roster spot.