Recap of Nick Nickson on NHL Live Radio

Nick Nickson, radio play-by-play voice of the Los Angeles Kings, was on NHL Live radio this morning.

Below is a quick recap of the ten-minute phone interview he conducted with hosts Deb Placey and EJ Hradek (of ESPN).  Among the topics covered included an update on Drew Doughty, a preview of the game-within-the-game aspect of tonight’s Minnesota Wild vs. Kings contest, how Willie Mitchell is fitting in and does he think the Kings will pursue a trade for Brad Richards.

* He spoke to Coach Terry Murray this morning.  Doughty is back in LA.  He skated yesterday and he’ll be skating again this morning.  If all goes well, he is expected to rejoin the team on the road trip.  He is “progressing,” according to Nick.

[note: per tweets from Helene Elliott (LA Times) – Doughty skated Sunday and will skate again today, but GM Dean Lombardi says he had a setback on Saturday. Doughty must have two days without symptoms before he takes baseline test and could be cleared.]

[updated again: Late this afternoon the Kings announced Doughty was put on the injured reserve list, retroactive to October 21st.  Jake Muzzin has also been recalled from Manchester. Looks like Doughty will remain in LA and (at the earliest) rejoin the team for Saturday’s game vs. the New Jersey Devils.]
*  The big match-up tonight will be Minnesota’s power play versus the Kings penalty kill.  The Wild’s PP has been incredible – accounting for over half their goals and is clicking at over 50% so far this season.  Former Ducks forward Matt Cullen is fitting in well there.

* Nickson thinks the Kings have been pretty consistent so far this year.  It’s been a “well balanced” attack and Quick has been good.

* There is an “air of confidence” around the team.  On any given night they think they can compete.with any team in the league.

* He expects Quick and Bernier to split the starts on Wed/Thurs.  No word on who starts which game.

* How is Willie Mitchell fitting in?  He’s been good.  He’s been a big part of the Kings penalty killing success.  He leads the team in short-handed penalty minutes played.  He reminds Nickson of what Scuderi brought to the team last year.  You don’t notice him out there, which is usually a good thing for a defenseman.  He rarely turns the puck over and he is always making the safe plays.

* A caller asked, does he think the Kings will take a run at Brad Richards (Dallas Stars), either at the trade deadline or in free agency?  If the Kings are near the top of the division around the deadline, as expected, they should be buyers.  And he is the type of player that will be on the Kings radar.  It’s too premature to say at this point though.  If he’s available, even though he’ll be an unrestricted free agent at season’s end, also depends on how Dallas is playing.

The Mayor 


10 Tidbits on Willie Mitchell

10 Tidbits on Drew Doughty

Kings Vision has audio/video of Nick’s appearance – click here to watch.

Recent Articles

Sirius XM NHL Network

FREE REPLAY: Friedman, Melrose, and Hoven on NHL Radio

With the NHL regular season only days away, Jonathan Davis hosted this week’s edition of the 2 Man Advantage on NHL Network radio, where he was joined by Elliotte Friedman in the first segment, Barry Melrose for segment two, followed by John Hoven of MayorsManor in the third and final segment. Collectively, they talked extensively […]

Drew Doughty Kings Frozen Fury 2015 MayorsManor photo

PHOTO GALLERY: Avalanche v Kings – Frozen Fury 2015

Frozen Fury has once again come and gone; only this one had a little special meaning, as it was the final edition at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. In the 2015 edition of the preseason classic, the LA Kings shutout the visiting Colorado Avalanche 4-0 on goals by Kyle CLifford, Dustin Brown, Trevor Lewis, and […]

McBain LA Kings 2014-15

Kings Final Roster Moves, Preparing for 2015-16 NHL Season

With the Kings final preseason game scheduled for later tonight in Las Vegas, there is still a little bit of housekeeping to prepare for over the next few days, as each team has to submit their final 23-man roster to the league prior to the puck dropping on the 2015-16 regular season.
When the team sent […]

Major News Items

Forbort AHL Burger King

LA Kings 2014-15 Midseason Prospect Rankings: The Top 5

Finally, the wait is over. With the Honorable Mentions and Nos. 6-10 prospects previously revealed in other articles, we are now prepared to share the final five players making up the latest edition of our L.A. Kings Top … [Read More...]

More Prospect News