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Martinez added two assists in Sunday's 4-3 loss to the Maple Leafs.

Martinez now has double digit points on the season, with three goals to go along with eight assists. The 27-year-old is well on his way to surpassing his career-high 22 points that he got last season.

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Martinez collected a goal and an assist -- both on the power play -- in Thursday's 4-0 smothering of the Coyotes.

In his second game back from a finger ailment and first since signing a six-year contract extension with Los Angeles, Martinez showed why he's worth the money. In addition to the power-play offense, he blocked four shots and finished plus-1. A big offensive breakout may be in the works now that he's healthy.

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Martinez has signed a six-year extension with the Kings, Bob McKenzie of TSN reports.

Martinez was set to become an unrestricted free agent if the two sides couldn't come to an agreement by July 1. The 27-year-old blue liner posted a career-high 22 points last season and is off to another good start with seven points through 18 games for the defending Cup champs.

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Martinez (finger) logged 19 minutes of ice time in his return to the lineup Tuesday.

Martinez recorded two shots on goal in his return and even saw some time on the power play. He'll be paired with Robyn Regehr on the team's second defensive pair while at even strength.

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Martinez (finger) will take the ice Tuesday, Lisa Dillman of the Los Angeles Times reports.

He must have made it through warmups OK, and can be deployed as usual for fantasy purposes.

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Martinez (finger) was on the ice for pregame warmups Tuesday and could be in line to play against the Bruins, Jon Rosen of LA Kings Insider reports.

The Kings will probably wait and see how Martinez makes it through the warmup before rendering a decision on his status, but it's clear at this point that he's nearly all the way recovered from the injury that has cost him the previous seven games. Martinez hasn't taken much contact of late while nursing the injury, however, which may prompt the Kings to play it safe and hold him out until Thursday.

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Martinez (finger) continues to progress but his status for Tuesday is uncertain, the Los Angeles Times reports. "He's doing everything better, so meaning that he skated with the team and done all that stuff," Kings Coach Darryl Sutter said. "But everybody can skate with the team. It's being able to shoot and pass, and the next part of it will be the contact part of it."

It doesn't sound like Martinez is quite ready to return Tuesday but could do so Thursday.

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Martinez (finger) will not play in Saturday's game against the Blackhawks, Elliott Teaford of the Los Angeles News Group reports.

Martinez will sit out for the seventh straight game, but he is making progress in his recovery, and is nearing a return.

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Martinez seems unlikely to play in Saturday's game against the Blackhawks, Helene Elliott of the Los Angeles Times reports.

Martinez hasn't appeared in a game since undergoing finger surgery Nov. 14. Although it appears he is nearly there, coach Darryl Sutter indicated he wanted him 100 percent to avoid reopening the wound. If he doesn't play Saturday, Tuesday against the Bruins would be his next opportunity to return.

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Martinez (finger) took part in Tuesday's morning skate, Jon Rosen of LA Kings Insider reports.

Martinez stayed on the ice for extra work following the session, so it does not appear he will play Tuesday. It's not entirely clear when he will be able to play next, as it was reported earlier this week that he would be "out a while;" however, with him skating each of the last two days, it looks like he could return earlier than expected.