Barring a last-minute change of heart, there will be Davis Drewiske sighting at Staples Center tonight, as Drewiske is set to rejoin the Kings’ lineup in place of Alec Martinez. Drewiske has played in only seven of the Kings’ first 57 games this season, and has been a healthy scratch from the previous 24 games. In fact, Drewiske’s last game was on Dec. 19 in Toronto, just before Darryl Sutter officially took over the Kings.
SUTTER: “I haven’t seen him. Quite honestly, he’s been chomping at it, and been a little angry about not playing. You know what? We did the thing with Slava. We think he’s a real good player and he’s right-handed and we wanted him to play more, and that left Marty and (Drewiske) as those guys to fight for those spots. It’s about competing for ice time. Marty can clearly play better. I think he has in the last two or three games. So it’s Davis’ turn.’’
Question: And you’re probably expecting a tight, physical game against Phoenix…
SUTTER: “That’s the way they play. I’ve only seen them twice since I’ve coached (the Kings), and the game after Christmas, Boxing Day, I can’t even begin to get a read on that. The 26th [after the holiday break], nobody can. The last game is 1-0 overtime game. The teams are close in the standings and have similar types of teams, all those things. I don’t think you can expect anything different.’’