The Los Angeles Kings have been without blue liner Alec Martinez since the very start of the postseason, when the went down with an injury expected to hold him out on a day to day basis.
Now, with a handful of games already down for each playoff team, Martinez is still out.
The Kings confirmed via insider Jon Rosen that the defenseman, who played in just the first game for the Pacific Division club in their Western Conference Quarterfinals series, is still sitting out. He missed morning skate, and doesn’t have a stall in the visitor’s locker room ahead of tonight’s game – while there was no update on how much longer he’ll be out, the assumption is that he at least won’t be in for tonight’s game, maybe longer.
Drafted 95th overall by the Kings in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft, Martinez – a native of Rochester Hills, Michigan who grew up playing hockey in Northern California – recorded 10 goals and 31 points through 78 games played during the regular season. In his one postseason appearance this year, the blue liner did not record a point.
The Kings will head into their upcoming game against the San Jose Sharks down 2-0 in their season series against the in-state rivals, losing their first contest 4-3 and their second one 2-1. The two California franchises will battle it out in game three at 7:30 PM PST at the SAP Center in San Jose, California.