As another veteran presence in the Kings locker room, I asked the same basic questions to defenseman Rob Scuderi…
MM: What do you expect the tempo to be in the first period tonight?
RS: I think the tempo should probably pick up like game one of the series up in San Jose – except we’re the home team. You get that little extra jump in your step to play in front of your home fans and to have a good start. I’m hoping that we’ll be the ones who have the big start, a lot of shots on net and a lot of offensive time. Hopefully, we can carry some momentum off of that into the rest of the game.
MM: The Kings have several rookies playing in the post-season. What advice were you able to offer some of the kids, like Alec Martinez?
RS: Just to play the game. There’s a little more riding on each shift and to just take each shift at a time. That’s true in the regular season, but it’s amplified in the playoffs. Sometimes people feel ‘Well, we’re in the playoffs, I have to be extra special.’ But, you just have to elevate your game to the way the playoffs need to be played. It is a step up and as long as you elevate your game, but the same game, to the playoff level, that’s all we expect from you. And I think he’s done a great job so far.
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