HIGH / LOW with Coach Terry Murray

Yesterday, Kings defensemen Drew Doughty, Jack Johnson and Matt Greene provided their highs and lows from the first half of the season.

Even though last month Willie Mitchell jokingly said “Forwards just skate up and down and don’t think” that didn’t stop eight of them – including Ryan Smyth, Wayne Simmonds and Jarret Stoll – from adding plenty to the discussion here.

And while some have criticized coach Terry Murray‘s even keeled approach behind the bench, know this – he’s never allowed others to make excuses for his team’s poor performance. It’s been a season filled with incredibly tall peaks and extremely deep valleys and we’re only at the midpoint of the regular season.

Here’s what he had to say when asked for some highs and lows of the first 41 games…

Murray – “The start of the year was absolutely outstanding. It was the start that we wanted, that we talked about and that we needed – it was there. The players played real well. You get off to that 12-3 start the way we did, out of the box, that’s a nice – we’ve said this in the past – it’s a good cushion. We needed it and we’re using it right now. We have to start going again. But, we’ve gone through some stretches of games where we’re in the same doldrums as right now. We’re not able to find the way to get the job done. This is the second time, maybe, where we’re going through this. That’s the inconsistency of our game and that’s the expectations that are coming to the forefront as you start the year. They’re high (the expectations) from within here and from the outside. We have to live up to them. That’s hard to do sometimes, but we’re trying to do it. We’re a young hockey club that’s a pretty good group of guys, a great group of guys. We’ve just got to be better at living up to that part of the deal.”

With seven losses in the last eight games, tonight will be the team’s last chance to impress the home crowd before heading out on a short two-game road trip next week.

It’s time they start living up to some of those expectations Murray referred to.

The Mayor
www.twitter.com/Mayor119
www.facebook.com/MayorsManor


RELATED ARTICLES:

HIGH / LOW with LA Kings Defensemen

HIGH / LOW with LA Kings Forwards

Five Questions with Willie Mitchell

Coach Murray on Kyle Clifford’s Promotion

Coach Murray on Brayden Schenn (audio)

   
photo courtesy of Michael Zampelli

Recent Articles

Yannetti Goes Deep on LA Kings 2017 Draftees; Detailed Player Evaluations

Although the Los Angeles Kings have gone through significant upheaval in their management ranks over the past few months, the 2017 NHL Draft was largely business as usual. While GM Rob Blake was present at the draft table, the event was largely run by Mark Yannetti, Director of Amateur Scouting – just as it has […]

UPDATED: LA Kings 2017 Development Camp Roster Info

With the 2017 NHL draft now complete, attention now turns to the other annual summer tradition, Development Camp. Dozens of the Kings top prospects are descending upon Los Angeles this week, with on-ice activity expected to begin on Tuesday at the team’s training facility in El Segundo. Per the norm, a scrimmage has also been […]

NHL Radio Replay: Hoven vs. Bernstein, Kings and Ducks Moves Coming

Follow @mayorNHL
//
Enjoy a free replay of John Hoven vs. Dennis Bernstein on NHL Network Radio, where they joined host Jonathan Davis of the Two Man Advantage to discuss several topics circling the LA Kings and Anaheim Ducks, including: trade speculation, the 2017 NHL Draft, Jake Muzzin, Alec Martinez, Gabriel Landeskog, Patrick Marleau, Karl Alzner, […]

Major News Items

LA Kings 2017 Mid-Season Prospect Rankings: Top Two Players Revealed

The wait is over; it's time to reveal the top two players on our 2017 Mid-Season Prospect Rankings. Which player has earned the coveted No. 1 spot? As we finish off this multi-part series, we'll begin with a thank you … [Read More...]

More Prospect News