Recap of Justin Williams on NHL Radio

The Kings are back home in Los Angeles for a few days before flying out to Pittsburgh on Wednesday.

Earlier today, fresh off his big game in Calgary Saturday night (three points and a goal in the shootout), Justin Williams joined the guys on NHL radio’s PowerPlay for a quick interview.

Here are the highlights…

* What’s the team’s mindset on this road trip, considering you probably need to make up some games after that 2-6 homestand in January? Our season has been such a roller coaster. We’ve been too streaky. We’re in the middle of one of those streaks right now, where we’re scoring goals and picking up two points most nights.

* Regarding the closeness of the games – (JW) Even if you win six in a row right now it seems like you don’t gain much ground in the Western Conference. You need to consistently get six or seven points out of every ten points possible.

* (Host) You seem to be healthy after several injuries the last few seasons. (JW) I think the most important step for me this season has been playing every game. I know if I’m healthy and if my mind is feeling right, those points are going to come. I’m going to get some action on the offensive side. For now, it’s about winning games and games played.

* Is confidence related to health or is it a rhythm? Hockey careers are ultimately pretty short. However, I’ve had three years where I played about half the seasons. It’s real hard to come back to a team when you’ve missed two months of action. To jump into a stretch run or back into the playoffs is tough. The other guys have that rhythm going and they’re a step ahead of you. Fortunately, I’ve been healthy this year and that’s allowed me to play more games.

* Have you changed your training habits this year to stay more healthy? Somewhat. I felt that I had lost a step due to my injuries. That was my focus this summer.  It seems to be paying off.

* What’s in like in LA, where you’re part of a group of stars compared to maybe the way things were when you were in Carolina? We have a real good fan base, the support has been tremendous. We’ve made a little bit of noise this year. Usually it’s the Lakers in this town, but we’re staring to make a name for ourselves. Many of our games have been sold out and we want to keep pushing come playoff time.

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

Recent Articles

MayorsManor Live: NHL 2020 Playoff Predictions from The Kid

Follow @mayorNHL
Let’s do this! For the sixth straight post-season, we’re bringing you a very special treat… and apparently something many of you enjoy very much.
In what has become a MayorsManor tradition, we’re looking to have a little fun heading into the Stanley Cup Playoffs by sharing something a bit more personal. MM founder John Hoven […]

10 Tidbits on AHL Ontario Reign Coaching Candidate

Although the Kings still don’t have a hard date yet for when they can bring prospects back to Los Angeles for offseason training, work is being done behind the scenes to hire a new coach for AHL Ontario. And we have a few updates to pass along.
First off, from what we’ve been able to […]

Kings Of the Podcast: Ep. Q8 with Matt Luff

Earlier this week we spoke with the LA Kings No. 1 prospect, Gabe Vilardi. Now, Kings of the Podcast returns for an in-depth chat with forward Matt Luff.
In this episode:
– Celebrity wrestling matches
– Tik Tok
– Meatball
– Mike Stothers stories
– Tattoos
– John Stevens departure from the Kings
– Cal Peterson
– Luff’s sleeper pick in LA’s prospect pool
– […]

Major News Items

2020 NHL Draft Preview: Quinton Byfield, OHL Forward

One of Dean Lombardi’s most impactful picks came in the form of Drew Doughty at second overall. Twelve years later, the Kings would benefit if the lottery provided the same courtesy. According to Tankathon, Los … [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.