January 11, 2012 1:49 pm

Voynov’s status remains `day to day’

By all indications, Slava Voynov is healthy and ready to play — he’s officially out with an upper-body injury but has been through several days of full-contact practice — but Darryl Sutter didn’t tip his hand in terms of when Voynov might return to the lineup. Voynov has missed the past four games, and while his replacement, Alec Martinez, had not recorded a point, the Kings also allowed a total of only five goals in those four games. So there might be a bit of a “don’t fix what isn’t broken” aspect to Sutter’s choice. Voynov, though, has 10 points and a plus-2 rating in 24 games, compared to Martinez’s two points and minus-five rating in 23 games. After practice today, Sutter was asked about Voynov’s status…

SUTTER: “He’s full-contact practice. He’s not on I.R., so anything other than that means day-to-day, right? … (Playing Voynov) will be a day-to-day decision. I haven’t had an issue with how our defense has played. We’re fortunate to have — touch wood — eight healthy guys. It’s based more on performance than putting someone in.”

And here’s what Sutter said about Martinez’s play…

SUTTER: “He’s been fine. He’s played in those teens, 14 to 17 minutes, and he has played his off side and he has done a pretty good job on the power play, getting pucks through. He’s been fine. I always like the lefty-righty (pair) thing if you have the ability to, but he’s been in on the left side and done a good job.”

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