Defenseman Alec “Martini” Martinez, Out Injured For 10 Days, Returned To The Ice After Practice Today At The Toyota Sports Center In El Segundo
By Paul Armbruster • KingsNewsDaily.com •
Today’s practice lasted well over an hour with the lineup shown below. Jersey colors are shown as well, making it easier to identify when watching practice video below. I try to identify players as much as possible with my commentary too. The videos show a fun ‘drive and shoot’ drill, the defense working on moving the puck and shooting, Kopitar and Fraser taking faceoffs along with an overview of other action and a great “shot” by Drewiske.
Injured defenseman Alec Martinez took to the ice post-practice for some hard skating, puck handling and light shooting (also see video below). The lack of hard slapshots indicates his “upper-body mystery” may be shoulder related but really who knows because no one is talking. If things progress on schedule, I imagine we’ll see Alec on the ice again soon taking hard shots, then taking contact in practice. I will speculate that he won’t see game action before next Wednesday against the Red Wings at the earliest but more realistically a week from tomorrow against the Canucks in Vancouver.
Update: Jon Rosen reported Martinez has been skating ‘all week’ at TSC. Considering how light his shooting was today, I can’t say that’s a good sign. Perhaps he shot more yesterday and took a break today. Or maybe he’s just not quite ready to hit it hard.