Defenseman Alec Martinez hasn’t impressed Darryl Sutter with his play

Alec Martinez looked a little rusty to Kings coach Darryl Sutter in two games since the defenseman returned to the lineup after sitting out eight in a row because of an upper body injury. Sutter said of Martinez after Thursday’s morning skate:

“He’s struggled. … He has to be a big part of the solution if he wants to stay in the lineup. He’s a young player who hasn’t played much in this league. My job to teach them and make sure they’re prepared to compete. But if they don’t learn and they don’t compete they’re going to have trouble with me in terms of how much they play.”

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