Jake Muzzin talks Doughty, Kane, and leadership

Muzzin Jake - Kings practice 2013Comments from Kings defenseman Jake Muzzin following the team’s morning skate, in advance of tonight’s Game 6 vs. the visiting Chicago Blackhawks…

On if he’s ready to make it a low scoring game tonight:

“Yes. Exchanging some line rushes with them…that’s not our game so we’ve got to get back to tightening things up a little bit.”

On his greater responsibility and ice time:

“I feel good. When you’re playing a lot, you get into the game a little more, emotions get going a little more. I feel good, body feels good. I’m ready to go for tonight.”

On if he watched the Montreal – New York game last night:

“A little bit, yes. Kind of a travel period for me, but I watched a little bit of it.” [Reporter: Can you watch it and let your mind go and not watch it as a player or a coach and start analyzing stuff?] “For me, I watch certain players to see what they’re doing. You learn a little bit from them, kind of watch their forwards and see what they’re doing. At this time of year, hockey is really all that’s going on in my mind.”

On the seemingly relaxed demeanor of the team:

“I think that has to do with the experience, the veteran guys in here who have been through all this, the leadership that we have to keep things calm. You’re ready but you’re calm and confident. You don’t want to get too nervous, I guess. The guys in here have been through it and we’re ready for it.”

On the Kings’ ability to put away a double OT loss and move on:

“There’s a lot that goes into getting over a loss, but in playoff hockey, you have to get ready for the next one. It’s pretty quick turnaround for us. You look at some stuff and correct what we have to correct and get ready for tonight.”

On Saad, Kane and Shaw’s effectiveness:

“We’ve got to be a lot better on that line. They had too much time and space with the puck, especially [if] you give Kane and Saad room, they’re pretty skilled guys so we have to have some better gaps on them on the rush and play harder on them.”

On the difficulty of closing that gap with Kane:

“It’s tough because he does a lot of low swooping and gets the puck at their blue line and comes up. As a whole five guys on the ice, you need to be aware and create a better gap with our forwards, angling him away from the middle of the ice and hopefully force it down on him.”

On Doughty’s leadership role:

He just doesn’t have a letter on his jersey. He’s been around. He’s done it all. He’s pretty vocal. He’s helped me out a lot, being his partner. He’s in there with the leadership group.

Recent Articles

Kings Of the Podcast: Ep. Q15 with Mike Hammer of Violent Gentlemen

Kings of the Podcast has returned for another new episode. This time around, the guys are joined by Mike Hammer of Violent Gentlemen.
Topics discussed:
– Quarantine life
– Trevor Lewis and Kyle Clifford going to Free Agency
– Bobby Ryan to LA
– Matt Luff contract update
– Stanley Cup Final: Dallas Stars vs. Tampa Bay Lightning
– Corey Perry, Joe […]

SPORTSNET REPLAY: Hoven Shares Stanley Cup Final, Conn Smythe Thoughts

Follow @mayorNHL
Enjoy a free replay of John Hoven on Sportsnet Radio in Toronto, where he joined hosts Roger Lajoie and Josh Goldberg to share some thoughts on the Stanley Cup Final between the Dallas Stars and Tampa Bay Lightning, plus a little Conn Smythe Trophy talk.
Today’s radio segment can be heard using the […]

This Date in LA Kings History: September 25

On September 25, 1993, Wayne Gretzky, Kelly Hrudey, Tomas Sandstrom, Charlie Huddy and Shawn McEachern joined the Phoenix Roadrunners in an exhibition game against their parent club, the @LAKings. Gretzky scored two goals in a 6-5 shootout win against the #LAKings.#GoKingsGo pic.twitter.com/ie5Ynyc8op
— The Kingstorian (@Kingstorian) September 25, 2020

On September 25, 2007, the @LAKings defeated EC […]

Major News Items

2020 NHL Draft Preview: Ryan O’Rourke, OHL Defenseman

In a previous article, we examined a player the Kings could be targeting for their second selection at the 2020 NHL Draft - meaning, after they take somebody in the No. 2 overall position. For context, MayorsManor editor … [Read More...]

More Prospect News

About MayorsManor Staff

MayorsManor.com was founded by John Hoven and has been named Best Sports Blog in Los Angeles by LA Weekly and Hockey Blog of the Year by Yahoo Sports. Hoven and the staff provide comprehensive LA Kings coverage, from prospects in the pipeline through the NHL.