Kings Defenseman Alec Martinez Returns from Wrist Injury

Alec Martinez in February. Photo by Scott Taetsch/CSM/Shutterstock

Los Angeles Kings is playing better in recent weeks, but allowing too many goals remains a major concern for the team. Things, however, might be better moving forward as their veteran defenseman Alec Martinez is ready to go.

Martinez hadn’t played since late November when he underwent surgery on his wrist. The 32-year-old got injured in a game against San Jose Sharks, being cut above the glove by Melker Karlsson.

“I knew I got stepped on, I knew I was cut pretty bad,” Martinez described his injury. “I didn’t know it was that bad, though.”

Luckily, Martinez recovered well, despite having to get his radial artery and radial nerves repaired, and will be on the ice against Nashville Predators on Saturday night. He played a total of 24 games this season and has five assists alongside minus-1 rating.

Alec Martinez spent his entire career with Los Angeles Kings, who took him 95th overall in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft. During his time with the organization, he managed to win two Stanley Cups. Martinez’s career stats include61 goals and 129 assists in 556 games played.