Frozen Fury 2010 – Kopitar post-skate comments

Following the Kings pre-game skate this morning several players provided some exclusive comments for MayorsManor.

Earlier, I posted a few thoughts from Drew Doughty.

Here is what Anze Kopitar had to say…

MM: You didn’t have any points in your first pre-season game and then had four assists against Anaheim on Tuesday. How do you feel going into tonight’s game?

AK: The most important thing is to build the chemistry within the line. We played a little bit together last year. There are times when you play well and don’t get any points though. Then there are times when you don’t necessarily play that well but you get points. Obviously, you want to win the game and score some goals. But, I think we’re mostly looking to build the chemistry, get to know everybody on the line and then read off of each other.

Can that be interpreted that you weren’t happy with your performance the other night or were you being more general about not playing well and still getting points?

I’m saying that in general.  I felt like I didn’t have the best game out there though.  I played OK.  There is still a step up I can take – maybe not points wise, but there are areas on the ice I can always improve on.

How is the chemistry coming together for you guys now, playing with Dustin Brown?

I played with Brownie before, so I’m not too worried about it.  Everything is going smooth.  We play the same system anyway.  It’s not like we have a different structure on every line.  It’s not hard to get used to a (new) guy on the line.  You just want to know his tendencies or his weaknesses, whatever the case may be, and go with it.

The coaching staff will be taking a long look at guys like Loktionov and Schenn this weekend before making the final roster cuts.  Have you seen anything in particular from those two guys in camp that has really impressed you?

They’re both really good players and that’s why they’re still here.  They have a real good chance of making the team.  I’m sure the coaching staff is going to be on them tonight and tomorrow.  Schenner is a typical Canadian – hard working guy, goes to the net, goes to the hard areas, he can score goals, he can make plays.  He’s a complete player.  Loktionov is really poised with the puck and has a lot of patience.  He plays responsibly too, all over the ice.

Does this feel like just another pre-season game to you given all that goes on around the game here in Vegas?

It’s just like another game.  I think every pre-season game is approached as a regular season game anyway.  This one maybe feels more like a regular season game though because the house is going to be packed and the crowd is always rocking here.  So, it’s a little more intense, a little more energy.   

More comments coming soon. 

In the meantime, check out the photos and notes I posted on twitter.

The Mayor
www.twitter.com/Mayor119
www.facebook.com/MayorsManor

Have you taken the Frozen Fury Trivia Challenge yet?
.

Recent Articles

This Date in LA Kings History: November 28

On November 28, 1996, the @LAKings acquired Brad Smyth from the Florida Panthers for a third round draft pick. Smyth scored nine goals, 20 points, and recorded 78 penalty minutes in 53 games with the #LAKings.#GoKingsGo pic.twitter.com/LXxkRDZOqU
— The Kingstorian (@Kingstorian) November 28, 2020

On November 28, 2000, Ziggy Palffy scored his first hat trick in an […]

This Date in LA Kings History: November 27

Happy birthday to former @LAKings goaltender Al Jensen, who was born on November 27, 1958.#LAKings #GoKingsGo pic.twitter.com/aOB1Lz0I8n
— The Kingstorian (@Kingstorian) November 27, 2020

On November 27, 1992, the @LAKings' All-American Line of Mike Donnelly, Tony Granato, and Corey Millen each scored three points in a 5-3 win against the Detroit Red Wings. Robb Stauber made 42 […]

This Date in LA Kings History: November 26

Happy birthday to former @LAKings forward Steve Bozek, who was born on November 26, 1960.#LAKings #GoKingsGo pic.twitter.com/jUEbdEHDJd
— The Kingstorian (@Kingstorian) November 26, 2020

Happy birthday to former @LAKings goaltender Darren Eliot, who was born on November 26, 1961.#LAKings #GoKingsGo pic.twitter.com/hAxab5nkAg
— The Kingstorian (@Kingstorian) November 26, 2020

On November 26, 2002, the @LAKings acquired Dmitry Yushkevich and a […]

Major News Items

Anatomy of a Draft Pick – How the Kings Decided on Byfield

It seems that nearly every year there is a debate among two players either at or near the top of the NHL Draft board. This year was no exception, with Quinton Byfield vs. Tim Stuetzle being a common theme among … [Read More...]

More Prospect News

About John Hoven

John Hoven is a member of the of the Professional Hockey Writers Association and co-hosts Kings of the Podcast. He is also the founder and editor of MayorsManor.com, which has been named Best Sports Blog in Los Angeles by LA Weekly and Hockey Blog of the Year by Yahoo Sports. Click "ABOUT OUR TEAM" above for a full bio.