As most of you know, the Kings did not have their traditional morning skate at MGM Arena in Las Vegas today. Instead, they stayed back in SoCal after their 3-1 win in Anaheim last night and then took a flight over this morning.
However, prior to departing for Sin City, I gathered a few thoughts on tonight’s 14th annual Frozen Fury…
Anze Kopitar – “I haven’t had any bad things happen to me in Vegas yet. Hopefully I can keep it that way. The best thing is just the atmosphere around the game. Obviously, it’s an exhibition game – but, it has so much hype to it, with lots of build up before the game. So, it’s pretty fun to play in the game every year.”
Willie Mitchell – “You’re asking the wrong guy. I’ve only been to Vegas once and it was last year for Frozen Fury. Go figure, the only time I ever went was when I had to play a game! This will be my second time and we don’t even get a night in Vegas (because they’re leaving for Europe immediately after the game). So, my favorite part was getting to Vegas and my second favorite part was leaving because that’s all I remember (he tried to blurt out while laughing).”
Mike Richards on any disappointment about not getting to spend at least one night in Vegas, like most years at Frozen Fury – “I don’t think I need any time in Vegas right now. That’s more of a summer city. But, I’ve heard a lot of good things about the game actually. I’m excited to see what it’s all about.”
Richards on what teammates have told him about Frozen Fury – “It’s as close to a regular season game as you can possibly get. So, I think it’s going to be an exciting game to be part of.”
Tonight’s projected Kings line-up:
Jonathan Quick – Jeff Zatkoff
If you haven’t already done so, be sure to take today’s Frozen Fury Trivia Challenge – 10 questions, how many can you get right?