The Kings morning skate on Monday was optional, and many players took the option to work out off the ice instead of on it. But two lineup changes were apparent for Monday nights game at Staples Center against the Nashville Predators: Jonathan Bernier will start in goal in place of Jonathan Quick, and defenseman Alec Martinez will return to the lineup after missing eight games.
Bernier owns the Predators and has faced them seven times, more than he has faced any other NHL opponent. Hes 6-1 against them with one shutout and a 2.00 goals-against average.
We were joking with him this morning and I said I think hes played Nashville more than Anze Kopitar and I have, Martinez said.
Martinez suffered an upper-body injury on Feb. 11 and was activated before the Kings faced Vancouver on Saturday but didnt play there. Davis Drewiske will sit out against Nashville.
I feel good, Martinez said Monday morning. Its pretty much right on schedule. Its been a long couple weeks being out but I got...