Saturday Media Call: Comments from Dustin Penner

As noted in our earlier article with Justin Williams, the Kings’ PR staff arranged a special media conference call today. Here’s what Dustin Penner had to say…

On the possibility of facing the Sharks or Ducks:

“Both teams have similar players to our team.  We’re familiar with both teams.  Obviously, Anaheim would be shorter for travel – a 45 minute bus ride as opposed to a 45 minute flight.  But I think if we ended up playing the Ducks, it’d be great for hockey in Southern California. Just like any other person you ask in this situation, it doesn’t matter who we face because we have no control over the situation. We just need to do what we have to do to prepare ourselves for that series.”

On if he feels they have just enough time to rest:

“Well it’s speculation.  I mean it’s tough to say.  Everyone always says it’s too long, it’s too short.  So it doesn’t really matter.  There’s no excuse that you havbe to adjust to travel.  Just gotta win.”

On if he saw his goal last night and what he thinks of it changing direction:

“Yeah, I saw the replay.  Didn’t really put too much thought into the change of direction.  It was nice to get a timely goal like that to help the team.”

On how much better he thinks the team has to play in Round 2:

“I don’t know. I can’t quantify it.  I just know that we have to be a lot better for 60 minutes. Our special teams have been pretty good…Our 5-on-5 game has to be stronger on pucks and better on our blue line and their blue line.”

On the team’s defensive effort in the series:

“[note: the audio was rough here, so it may not be exactly word-for-word, but it’s 95% or better] It’s been huge.  Especially on the back-end, without Greene and Willie we needed other guys to step up, and we’ve had some big contributions from Slava, Muzz, Ellerby, and Martinez – and then Regehr coming in. I think our back end has improved (from earlier in the year)…and taken great strides.  Hopefully we can get Greener back.   He’s a great leader for our team, and a stalwart on defense.”

On how he compares the Blues series with other series he’s played in:

“That’s a good question, I’m trying to recall other series.  It’s pretty similar to the series we had last year with the Blues, (and) with Phoenix. I think a lot of teams come in and try to match us physically.  Even though they can’t match us in size, they’re trying to come in and run us out of the building. We enjoy that type of game, and we feed off of it.  We welcome it.  That was a great series to be a part of.  St. Louis played well in Games 1 through 6.  We just found a way to get four victories.”

RELATED CONTENT:   Justin Williams media call comments

Note to webmasters/reporters: When recapping news or interviews from this site please include a link to www.MayorsManor.com

 

Recent Articles

Lucic Kings NHL hockey

Hoven on NHL Radio: Kings Roster Plans and Sutter’s Future

Follow @mayorNHL
//
Enjoy a free replay of John Hoven on NHL Network Radio, where he joined hosts Scott Laughlin and Jim ‘Boomer’ Gordon to discuss all the latest news surrounding the Kings, including: coach Darryl Sutter’s immediate future, Dean Lombardi’s salary cap problems, the possibility of Milan Lucic re-signing in Los Angeles, potential trades, Dustin […]

Wagner Austin Pats WHL

Kings Prospect Tracker: Report For Week Ending Apr. 24, 2016

Below are brief updates on all LA Kings non-AHL prospects, meaning guys playing in the three Canadian junior leagues (WHL, OHL, and QMJHL), plus college, ECHL, and overseas:
MIKE AMADIO: Forward, Ontario Reign (3rd round pick in 2014, OHL)

Regular season: 50 goals, 48 assists, plus-30, 40 PIM in 68 games played
Playoffs: 12 goals, 6 assist, plus-3, […]

Clifford Nolan Salary Cap

LA Kings 2016-17 Salary Cup Crunch: Where Things Stand Today

A few of the worst kept secrets in Los Angeles have been officially revealed over the past few days – Vinny Lecavalier is officially retiring, Milan Lucic wants to stay in Los Angeles, and the Kings’ still haven’t solved their problems on defense (largely caused by the departure of Slava Voynov).
Thus, it will be another […]

Major News Items

LAK Prospect No 1

LA Kings 2015-16 Prospect Rankings: No. 1 Revealed

We're finally ready to announce the name of which Los Angeles Kings prospect has nabbed the No. 1 spot in our bi-annual rankings of the team's future hopefuls. After working our way through a handful of Honorable … [Read More...]

More Prospect News