WCF Game 4 morning skate: Williams on lines, injuries and playoffs

Comments from Kings forward Justin Williams following the team’s morning skate in advance of Game 4 vs. the Chicago Blackhawks…

On Duncan Keith’s suspension:

“They did what they do, we do what we do. It is what it is. He’s out a game, he’s a big part of their team. So be it.”

On if the Kings need to do anything different because Duncan Keith is out of the lineup:

“No, we need to win this game, no matter who is in the line up. Obviously, there’s bigger parts of teams, but together you’re a team and you play as one. They’re going to need to step up I’m sure they’ll be talking about that, but we need to step up as well we have a few guys out of our lineup. We need to continue off where we left off.”

On Darryl Sutter saying he didn’t play as well after the St. Louis series:

“He’s the coach, he watches us and watches us and watches us. Not only watches us on the ice, but off the ice as well. He knows where our state of minds is at, and that’s one of his good qualities as a coach, he knows where players are at mentally. They’ve been tough series, plain and simple. Hard hitting, long. But we’ve moved on from that and we’re expecting another seven game series here.”

On when he started to feeling strong again in the playoffs:

“Oh, I don’t know. Playoffs is just a fun time to play. You play three and four but it doesn’t really matter because your energy level is so high every time you’re out there. Just like us, we’ve had ups and downs and individuals have had ups and downs. We’ve been able to turn it last game and we need to continue.”

On how experience helps in the playoffs:

“Any experience that you go through as a hockey player, whether winning or losing, is going to help you when times get tough. Winning last year certainly helps us, certainly gives us an added sense of belonging and knowing that we can accomplish what we set out to do.”

On if Sutter talked to him about moving Jarret Stoll to center his line:

“Nope. I just go out and play. They told me before the warm-up.” (MM: “You have a new center and that’s it?”)…”Yeah. We can play with anyone in here.”

On Bruins’ Gregory Campbell breaking his fibula:

“We actually…there was a replay on it right now, and that part was on. That’s playoff hockey. Feel bad for him, wheeling around out there. He made it to the bench, took some strides off of it. I mean, hey, that’s digging in for your team.”

On if it’s tough to watch Jeff Carter talk with his mouth cut up:

“Jeff doesn’t say much all the time anyways. He’s usually a pretty quite guy, so he’s alright.”

MayorsManor will have more notes and quotes from morning skate posted shortly. Until then, see the links below for Sutter’s expected line combos for tonight…plus some of yesterday’s most popular articles.


Thursday morning stake – Sutter’s probable lines for Game 4 vs Chicago

Game 4 morning skate – Jarret Stoll on line changes and taking advantage of Keith’s suspension

Jeff Carter on his mouth, payback and the play of several teammates

VIDEO: Keith high-sticks Carter, apologizes on ice, talks about it post-game

NHL explains the Duncan Keith suspension

Kyle Clifford on Justin Williams fighting, retaliation and fatigue

WCF Wednesday June 5 – Matt Greene comments

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