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Martinez hopes to stay in Kings lineup

by Curtis Zupke

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- It's not the way Alec Martinez wanted to get back into the Los Angeles Kings lineup, but he's trying to make the most of his opportunity.

Los Angeles went down to six available defensemen when Matt Greene sustained an undisclosed injury, so the Kings had little choice but to insert Martinez back in the lineup. After he was scratched for the previous seven games, Martinez played Thursday and will be back in Saturday night when L.A. hosts the Vancouver Canucks.

"Obviously it's unfortunate that we've got other guys getting hurt but I think we've got a lot of depth in this room and injuries are going to happen," Martinez said. "You need to be able to rely on those players when it does happen. I'm just trying to play my game and help the team win."

Martinez played more than 14 minutes and saw time on the power play but he didn't give himself a passing grade.

"I felt OK," he said. "My wind and everything was good. I'm working hard and staying in shape. I think I can play better than I did the last game."

Vancouver started their four-game road trip with a 1-0-1 record after beating the San Jose Sharks 4-2 Thursday to snap a nine-game losing streak to them. The Canucks held an optional skate Saturday at Staples Center, which gave a number of players a little extra time off. That group includes Daniel Sedin, who was given the day off practice Friday after his seven-game point streak was snapped in San Jose.

Here are the projected lineups for the Canucks and Kings:


Ryan Kesler - Henrik Sedin - Daniel Sedin

Chris Higgins - Mike Santorelli - Alexandre Burrows

Zack Kassian - Brad Richardson - Darren Archibald

Tom Sestito - Jeremy Welsh - Zac Dalpe

Jason Garrison - Alexander Edler

Dan Hamhuis - Christopher Tanev

Kevin Bieksa - Ryan Stanton

Roberto Luongo

Eddie Lack


Dustin BrownAnze KopitarJustin Williams

Dwight KingMike RichardsTyler Toffoli

Kyle Clifford - Trevor LewisMatt Frattin

Daniel CarcilloLinden Vey/Colin FraserJordan Nolan

Jake MuzzinDrew Doughty

Robyn RegehrSlava Voynov

Willie MitchellAlec Martinez

Jonathan Quick

Ben Scrivens

Injured: Jeff Carter (foot), Jarret Stoll (upper body), Matt Greene (undisclosed).

NOTES: Quick was off the ice first. He will make his 10th start in the past 11 games. Vey and Fraser each came off the ice late so it's not clear who will sit out. Vey made his NHL debut Thursday and coach Darryl Sutter mentioned he struggled at times.

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