Sutter, Clifford and Nolan on fighting, being physical

Fighting is down in the NHL about 20-25%, according to recent statements by Commissioner Gary Bettman.
Scoring for the LA Kings has been, well until recently, down significantly since last year too.
For Kyle Clifford, it’s been a bit of mixed bag in those two areas. True, his fighting majors are down – he had 18 last [...]

VIDEO: Kings rookie Jordan Nolan gets his first NHL fight

Rookie Jordan Nolan had another memorable game for the Kings last night – not only picking up his second NHL goal, but also introducing himself to the Wild’s Marco Scandella…

It was Scandella’s first NHL fight as well.  Perhaps he bit off a bit more than he can chew for his inaugural tilt though.
You can check [...]

Kings coach Murray evaluates the return of Alec Martinez

Kings defenseman Alec Martinez returned to the line-up last night after missing the previous 10 games with an ‘upper body’ injury – ironically, suffered in game vs. the Minnesota Wild last month.
With Martinez on IR, the Kings needed to make a roster move to get him back into the line-up. And the strong play [...]

Jack Johnson – ‘We have to do something different here’

From what I’ve observed over the last few years, Jack Johnson is one of those players who hates to lose more than he likes to win. When the Kings are victorious, there’s usually a small smile or two and a ‘on to the next one’ attitude in the room afterwards. But, when they [...]

Wild def Kings 4-2, quotes from the Minnesota locker room

Although the Kings out-shot the Wild 44-24 and out-hit them 46-22, they gave up a season-high four goals (for the third time) and that was too much for an offense that’s unable to score more than two goals right now. Final score 4-2, and here’s what they were saying in the Minnesota locker room [...]

Murray’s postgame presser – includes his mtg with players

Quick highlights from LA Kings coach Terry Murray’s postgame presser…
On the overall game – “Those [early period goals] are killers. You have a team [Wild] that is a really good defensive team. They’re the number one team in the league. They get a lead, they’re going to protect it; they have in the last games [...]

Dustin Brown on his hit total tonight, seeing Kopitar on the ice

Kings captain Dustin Brown had a season high 12 hits tonight vs. the Wild, to go along with five shots on goal.
After the game, he shared the following…
On his 12 hits in the game – “We need more intensity in our game and part of that is physical, I guess. But, I don’t look [...]

Trent Hunter on his first goal and the postgame meeting

Trent Hunter played a total of 13:02 in the Kings 4-2 loss to the Wild tonight. He also recorded four hits and three shots on goal.
But, the most important stat related to Hunter was in the goal column. He scored his 100th NHL goal and first as a King – after going 0-15 this season.
“It’s [...]

Wild at Kings roster notes, including a first NHL start

Some quick notes on tonight’s game, featuring the Minnesota Wild’s second (and final) trip to Staples Center this season:
- Coach Terry Murray was right yesterday, both Alec Martinez and Willie Mitchell won’t be in the line-up tonight. However, in a reversal from the way things looked 24 hours ago, it’s Martinez who will play. [...]

LA Kings def Wild 5-2 – postgame locker room comments

After the Kings defeated the Wild 5-2 in front of another sell out crowd at Staples Center on Saturday night, here was some of the reaction coming from both locker rooms…
- Dustin Brown on the overall game: “The last four periods is a tell tale sign of how we need to play with the [...]