February 22, 2011 1:11 pm

Drewiske back in, for Martinez

After 19 games as a healthy scratch, Davis Drewiske is back in the Kings’ lineup, scheduled to play tomorrow night in place of rookie Alec Martinez, Drewiske hasn’t been in a game since Jan. 6 against Nashvile. Martinez, meanwhile, will sit for the first time since being called up from the AHL on Nov. 23. Martinez had played 39 consecutive games, totaling three goals and seven assists, but after practice today, Terry Murray talked about the recent for the change, which will see Drewiske paired with Matt Greene…

MURRAY: “The last couple of games, maybe even going back a little bit further, we feel that Marty is just playing a little bit too light, if that’s the right word. Not assertive enough. Not doing the things we know he can do, that he was doing, going back a couple weeks, very assertive with the puck, strong in his own zone, D-zone coverage, 1-on-1. He had a real attitude in his play, and I think he has backed off. We feel like he looked a little bit nervous at times, in puck-possession situations in the Island, and that has been there for a couple games. We have talked to him about it. John (Stevens) spent some time about those issues, and right now, with what we’re seeing, it’s time to step back and give Whiskey, who has been working very hard, an opportunity to get back in there.”

Question: It’s maybe not easy for Drewiske to come back in, after sitting out all that time…

MURRAY: “He’s been paying every kind of price you can imagine, with the extra work in the skating club. His game, he looks very sharp in all of the drills, skating, handling the puck, shooting the puck. It’s his opportunity to get back in.”

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