January 12, 2012 1:40 pm

Voynov set for return to lineup

Slava Voynov will be back in the Kings’ lineup tonight, in place of Alec Martinez. Voynov missed four games because of an undisclosed injury and, in his place, Martinez did not record a point and had an even plus-minus rating, Darryl Sutter said of the swap, “(It’s) for no other reason than I like the lefty-righty thing. Voynov was playing well when he went out, and Marty played well when he was in. If you could play seven of them, I would.’’ Voynov is expected to return to a pairing with Willie Mitchell.

As a follow-up to this item from last week, there’s still no good news for Simon Gagne, who has a concussion and tonight will miss his eighth consecutive game. Again, as noted a few days ago, concussion symptoms are unpredictable, but at this point, Gagne’s prognosis for the rest of this season is not good.

SUTTER: “I haven’t seen him, other than at games. Basically, that is protocol, with not just Simon but everybody like that. (Being) out of the pressure cooker is supposed to be the best thing for them, so that’s kind of where it’s at.’’

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