Bring in the Russians!
Andrei Loktionov of the ECHL’s Ontario Reign got the call up today to replace Dustin Penner, who was placed on IR November 10th with a hand injury. Loktionov was just recently transferred to Ontario from the Manchester Monarchs. He has not played a game with the Reign yet, but played 17 games with the Monarchs and has a team-leading 11 assists as well as a team-leading 14 points. Lokti played 19 games with the Kings last season and had 4 goals and 3 assists, but has yet to see any ice time this season, until now. He practiced today on the left wing with Dustin Brown and Mike Richards.
In addition, defenseman Alec Martinez did not practice today and has been placed on IR after receiving a hit from Minnesota’s Warren Peters. (Click here to watch) Martinez went shoulder-first into the glass and briefly left the game only to return at the start of the second period and score a goal for the Kings. Martinez was clearly playing through the pain, but now that everything has settled, he’s got to be feeling it more and more. It’s bad timing for him as he was just starting to hit a little bit of a hot streak, but the good news for the Kings is that they have a very capable replacement in Slava Voynov. It was only two weeks ago that Voynov was sent back to Manchester after stepping in to replace Drew Doughty. In 5 games with the Kings, Voynov was a plus-3 and had 3 points (2 goals and an assist). It was a tough decision for the Kings to send him down after he made such an impact, but Voynov will get his chance to shine again. The Kings next game is at home on Wednesday night at 7:30pm against the Anaheim Ducks (6-8-3).