NHL notebook: Kings lose defenceman to broken finger
Los Angeles Kings defenceman Alec Martinez scores while being defended by Detroit Red Wings centre Gustav Nyquist (14) in the second period at Joe Louis Arena. (Rick Osentoski/USA TODAY Sports)
The Los Angeles Kings will be without defenceman Alec Martinez for an indefinite period after he injured a finger while blocking a shot during Thursday night's 2-0 loss to the Dallas Stars and had surgery.
The loss of Martinez, whjo had surgery on the broken finger Friday morning, further depletes the Kings' defensive corps. After Martinez left the game, Los Angeles played with a five-man rotation of defencemen for the rest of the night.
Kings defenceman Slavy Voynov continues to serve an indefinite suspension after he was arrested on suspicion of domestic violence, but the team hopes to get Robyn Regehr back from an injury for the weekend. The Kings also recently signed veteran free-agent Jamie McBain to a league-minimum contract.
In 17 games this season, Martinez has seven points and is averaging 19:42 of ice time.
Last season, the 27-year-old Martinez scored the clinching goal in the Stanley Cup Final.
The 34-year-old veteran Regehr could be back for Saturday night's game against the Anaheim Ducks. He sat out the past three games because of an undisclosed injury.
JACKETS ACTIVATE BOBROVSKY
The Columbus Blue Jackets activated goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky from injured reserve before a game on Friday night against the Philadelphia Flyers.
Bobrovsky, who suffered a broken finger in practice last month, will serve as the backup to Curtis McElhinney.
Without Bobrovsky and a host of other injured players, the Blue Jackets have struggled to a 4-10-1 record. They have not won a game since Bobrovsky has been out and are last in the Metropolitan Division standings.
Before the injury, Bobrovsky played in eight games and had a 4-4-0 record with a .908 save percentage and a 2.81 goals-against average. The team's save percentage of .885 is the worst in the NHL.
Bobrovsky has a career record of 99-58-21 with a .918 save percentage and 2.47 goals-against average in 197 games with the Blue Jackets and Flyers.
KHOKHLACHEV SENT BACK
The Boston Bruins sent forward Alexander Khokhlachev to Providence of the AHL Friday, one day after being recalled.
Khokhlachev was recalled Thursday on an emergency basis for the team's game in Montreal. He was a healthy scratch in the Bruins' 5-1 loss to the Canadiens.
Khokhlachev has skated in 12 games for Providence this season, recording five goals and six assists with a plus-four rating. In total, he has appeared in 88 games with Providence from 2012 to 2014, racking up 28 goals and 43 assists.
Khokhlachev made his NHL debut last season.
WILD CALL UP FALK
The Minnesota Wild recalled defenceman Justin Falk from Iowa of the American Hockey League on Friday.
The Wild also reassigned defenceman Christian Folin to Iowa.
Falk, 26, has totaled one assist and 22 penalty minutes in 12 games with Iowa this season. He has also skated in two games with Minnesota. The 6-foot-5, 222-pound native of Snowflake, Manitoba has totaled 17 points (one goal, 16 assists) and and 120 penalty minutes in 131 career NHL games with Minnesota and the New York Rangers. Falk was originally selected by the Wild in the fourth round of the 2007 draft and signed as a free agent with Minnesota on Aug. 1.
Folin, 23, skated in eight games with Minnesota this season. The 6-3, 214-pound native of Gothenburg, Sweden made his NHL debut on April 10 against St. Louis and recorded an assist. He was signed as a free agent on March 31.
CAPS ADD BROWN
The Washington Capitals recalled right winger Chris Brown from Hershey of the American Hockey League on Friday.
Brown, 23, has appeared in three games with the Capitals this season and scored a goal on Oct. 16 against New Jersey. The 6-foot-2, 215-pounder earned three points (two goals, one assist) in 20 career NHL games with the Capitals and Arizona Coyotes.
Brown has played in six games with Hershey this season, recording three points (two goals, one assist). The Flower Mound, Texas native has tallied 90 points (47 goals, 43 assists) in 137 career AHL games with Portland and Hershey.
Brown was selected by the Coyotes in the second round (36th overall) in the 2009 draft. The Capitals acquired Brown, defenseman Rostislav Klesla and a fourth-round draft pick in the 2015 draft from the Coyotes in exchange for forwards Martin Erat and John Mitchell on March 4.
HEATLEY GOES ON IR
The Anaheim Ducks placed forward Dany Heatley on injured reserve Friday for the second time this season.
There was no mention from the team of the type of injury that sidelined Heatley, but he previously said it again was his groin.
Heatley began the season on IR with a groin issue and has played in only four games since returning. The 33-year-old does not have a point.
In a 13-year NHL career, Heatley has 372 goals and 419 assists with five teams. He signed a one-year, $1 million contract with the Ducks during the summer.
Meanwhile, right winger Corey Perry returned to the team to watch practice after missing four games because of the mumps. He skated Friday, but it's still uncertain when he'll be able to play again.
The Ducks, who lead the Pacific Division-leading, travel to Los Angeles to face the Kings on Saturday.