Nick Bonino talks Ducks’ orange jerseys and Kings physical play

Comments from Anaheim Ducks forward Nick Bonino following the team’s morning skate, in advance of hosting the LA Kings later tonight…

On the Stadium Series jerseys:

“I like it. I think one of the coolest things about the Ducks’ is the orange color and it’s pretty cool to see a jersey all orange. It’s nice. Stadium jerseys are always pretty cool. It’s kind of cool to get out the comfort zone and make a pretty interesting jersey that I’m sure a lot fans will buy and you’ll see in the crowd that day.”

On the old sweater look:

“I like it. Yes. I guess the NHL’s theme this year was the gun-metal type look there. It’s cool. A couple of guys got a sneak peek at it the other day—Getzy and them, but they wouldn’t tell us anything. Thought they were too important. It’s cool to see it today. We’re excited to wear them.”

On if there is an excitement about that game, even thought it’s still over a month away:

“Definitely. Outdoor games are awesome. I was able to do one in college at Fenway and just the build up toward that. Playing at the Red Sox stadium was such a treat. Coming to the other side of the country in a market that’s really growing right now and you’re playing in the sunny California weather. It has everything that fans I think would like and fans definitely haven’t seen before. Hopefully, we can grow the sport a little more and have a really fun game and at the end of the day, obviously, get a win.”

On the rivalry between two teams at the top of the standings:

“It’s a lot of fun, but we also know it’s usually our hardest game of the year. They’re one of the most physical teams in the West in the league and that’s how we play too. These games the coach doesn’t come in and really try to rile you up. Everyone’s ready to go. It’s mostly just systems talk because he knows games like these everyone’s going to be up, everyone’s going to be excited and it’s hard to get sleep when we play the Kings.”

On the 52 hits credited to the Kings vs the Blues on Monday night in LA:

“That’s crazy. I don’t think I’ve even had 20 hits in my career. So 52 hits in one night, that’s amazing. I think that’s the type of game we want to play. We like playing a physical game. So do they. I’m sure tonight I’d imagine there would be just as many from each team, if not more.”

On what’s behind putting up points in five of the last six games, but only three wins in last 10:

“We’re starting to snap out of it. We went on that road trip to Florida and we kind of stopped working. We sort of got a little bit complacent. We got a great record. We had a few injuries but we had still been winning and I think we took some things for granted. Obviously we lost a few more than we’d like but hopefullly we’ve nipped it in the bud and talked about it. We understand we need to come out and work harder and play a full 60 minutes. That’s what we’re going to focus on here.”

Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau also shared some comments following the morning skate.  See the link below for what he had to say on a myriad of topics, including Dustin Penner’s improved play this season.

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