• Kings' Martinez Gets Back In Swing Of Things

    News: Alec Martinez handed out two assists in just 15:09 of ice time Thursday against the Islanders.
    Analysis: The blueliner's third game back went markedly better than his first two, scoresheet-wise, and it kind of seems like Alec Martinez's presence has boosted the entire Kings team, as Los Angeles has rattled off three straight road wins since the 27-year-old returned to the lineup.
  • Martinez Returns From Concussion In Kings Win

    News: Alec Martinez (concussion) logged 16:23 of ice time in his first game since Feb. 7.
    Analysis: Alec Martinez registered three shots on goal but didn't find the score sheet.
  • Kings' Martinez Returns To Lineup

    News: Alec Martinez (concussion) will return to action Monday against New Jersey, Lisa Dillman of the LA Times reports.
    Analysis: With Alec Martinez -- who has 17 points in 45 games -- back in business, Brayden McNabb and Jamie McBain will be the team's blueliner scratches Monday.
  • Kings' Martinez To Remain Out Saturday

    News: Alec Martinez (concussion), who was activated from injured reserve Friday, will not play Saturday against the Canucks, Jon Rosen of LA Kings Insider reports.
    Analysis: Though Alec Martinez's concussion symptoms seem to be behind him, coach Darryl Sutter was reluctant to break up his top three defensive pairings in advance of Saturday's critical Western Conference matchup. While Martinez figures to get back in the lineup during the team's road trip that begins Monday, he may struggle to find a regular role with the Kings over the remainder of the season. During Martinez's absence, the Kings acquired Andrej Sekera from the Hurricanes to restore some depth on the blue line, which now leaves the team with an influx of players at the position.
  • Kings Activate Martinez From IR

    News: Alec Martinez (concussion) was activated from injured reserve Friday, Jon Rosen of LA Kings Insider reports.
    Analysis: Though Alec Martinez appears to be over the concussion-like symptoms that have kept him out of the Kings' previous 18 games, it doesn't necessarily mean that he'll play Saturday against the Canucks. Martinez practiced Friday with the team as part of a fourth defensive pairing with Jamie McBain, who has served as a healthy scratch over the Kings' past several contests. With the Kings not holding a morning skate Saturday due to the afternoon start time of the game, official word on Martinez's status likely won't come until warmups. Nonetheless, his pending return should bolster the Kings' chances of claiming one of the final two wild-card spots out West. The blueliner has accumulated five goals and 17 points in 45 games, while his 79 shots on goal have already tied his career-best mark from a season ago.
  • Kings' Martinez Likely Out Wednesday

    News: Alec Martinez (concussion) is not expected to play Wednesday against the Ducks, Jon Rosen of LA Kings Insider reports.
    Analysis: Per the report, a possible return Saturday against Vancouver or on Monday against New Jersey remain more plausible scenarios for the looming return to action of Alec Martinez.
  • Kings' Martinez Takes Part In Battle Drills

    News: Alec Martinez (concussion) participated in battle drills during Tuesday's practice, Jon Rosen of LA Kings Insider reports.
    Analysis: With Alec Martinez now cleared to take contact, he might be only one or two practices away from rejoining the Kings' lineup. The blueliner has been out since Feb. 7 with concussion-like symptoms and has posted 17 points in 45 games to date this season.
  • Kings' Martinez Moves Toward Return

    News: Alec Martinez (concussion) is getting closer to a return, but there still isn't a firm timetable, LA Kings Insider reports. "I have no idea if he's a week or two weeks," head coach Darryl Sutter said. "I really have no idea. Like those things, I don't even ask."
    Analysis: The Kings don't play again until Saturday, and there's a distant chance he's able to suit up then, but he'll need to be a full participant at practice first.
  • Kings' Martinez Skates With Team

    News: Alec Martinez (concussion) skated with the team at Saturday's morning session, Jon Rosen of LA Kings Insider reports.
    Analysis: Alec Martinez had previously been limited to working out on his own as he worked his way back from the concussion, so his presence with the rest of the team Saturday represents a significant step. The blueliner, who has been out since Feb. 7, suggested that getting conditioned is the bigger concern than the concussion at this juncture. Martinez may only need a few more practices before getting activated from IR.
  • Kings' Martinez Close To Practicing

    News: Alec Martinez (concussion) is close to practicing with the team, Jon Rosen of LA Kings Insider reports.
    Analysis: While there isn't any concrete timetable for Alec Martinez's return, the fact that he's reportedly close to practicing with the team is certainly encouraging news. He's been sidelined with a concussion since Feb. 9, so he'll likely need to log several full practices before returning to the Kings lineup.