LA vs SJ Preview: Jack Johnson – ‘Best is Yet to Come’

Most people would agree the Los Angeles – San Jose playoff series boils down to the Kings defense against the Sharks offense.

Yesterday, coach Terry Murry spoke about what he’s seen from the Kings two high profile blueliners this season, Drew Doughty and Jack Johnson.

I posted Doughty’s memories and concerns earlier today (available here).

Now, Johnson provides his thoughts on the same questions…

MM: What’s the biggest strength the Kings take with them into the series?

JJ: Defense – our team defense, in general. I’ll put our goaltender up against anyone. And I think we will play well, defensively, against them. But, everyone plays well defensively in the playoffs. That’s just the nature of the playoffs.

MM: What’s your biggest concern?

JJ: Scoring goals. The last two games we had were must win games for home ice advantage. They were playoff like games and we were only able to score one goal in each game. So, that’s a little bit of a concern and something we’re really going to have to take advantage of if we get any opportunities.

MM: Any favorite memories playing against San Jose so far in your career?

JJ: Not really. They were all just regular season games. The most fun I’ve had in the NHL was the playoffs last year. So, those are the only games that have really stood out to me.

MM: So, the best game against the Sharks is still yet to come?

JJ: Yep, hopefully!

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