Jan. 19, 2012; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Kings defenseman Alec Martinez (27) during the first period of the game against the Chicago Blackhawks at the Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Alec Martinez is Down But the Los Angeles Kings Are Not Out

While they are still awaiting Willie Mitchell’s return to the lineup in addition to missing Matt Greene, the Los Angeles Kingsnow have to deal with another defenseman being hit by the injury bug.

February 10, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; Los Angeles Kings defenseman Alec Martinez (27) receives congratulations from teammates after scoring a goal in the third period against the Detroit Red Wings at Joe Louis Arena. Detroit won 3-2. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

After suffering an upper-body injury Monday night in St. Louis, Alec Martinez is expected to be sidelined for at least a week and has been placed on injured reserve as a result. Andrew Campbell has been called up from Manchester to fill in.

In 11 games this season, Martinez has a goal and an assist but has played exceptionally well on the back end and, as much as it pains to say, his absence may really affecting the Kings in the coming week or however long the 25-year-old will be out.

While the good news is that, according to head coach Darryl Sutter, Martinez’s injury is by no means long term, a silver lining to this news is that the Kings can prove how much character they have if they should be successful with three of their defensemen now sidelined. You may be scoffing at this but you never know. It’s a short season and anything can change in an instant. The Kings picked up a big win in St. Louis on Monday, host a Blue Jackets on Friday they have already beaten last week and they’ll go from there.

Alec Martinez is down but the Los Angeles Kings are not out. From what I’ve seen over the last few years, this Kings club doesn’t get completely sidetracked from a few injuries. They persevered despite having Justin Williams miss months with a broken leg a few seasons ago, they’ve found success without a concussed Simon Gagne last season and now comes another great test, assuming they haven’t have any challenges thus far, which of course, they have.

I’ve spent so much time talking about Alec Martinez and how his team might react without him, that I didn’t even mentioned anything about the one the Kings are calling up.

In 28 games for the Manchester Monarchs this season, Andrew Campbell has a goal and seven assists to go along with a +13 rating. The latter is certainly the most promising number so let’s hope that translates to success with the big club making the dreaded injury bug a little more bearable.

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