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LA Kings: Players Lament Lack Of Consistency, But Darryl Sutter Is Looking At His Best Players

LA Kings center Anze Kopitar has struggled this season, and head coach
Darryl Sutter tried to light a fire under him, and other players, after
practice on December 7, 2014, at the Toyota Sports Center
in El Segundo, California.
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Photo: David Sheehan/CaliShooterOne Photography

EL SEGUNDO, CA — One day after they got off to another slow start against a lesser opponent and paid for it with a loss, the Los Angeles Kings were already looking ahead to their upcoming five-game road trip, one in which they know that they need to start stringing together some wins to keep themselves in a playoff spot, and, they hope, improve their position in the standings.

As mentioned, a big problem has been slow starts.

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Frozen Royalty Video: December 7 Post-Practice Interviews with Martinez, Stoll, Sutter

LA Kings defenseman Alec Martinez, shown here during practice at the Toyota Sports Center in El Segundo, California on December 5, 2014.
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Photo: David Sheehan/CaliShooterOne Photography

EL SEGUNDO, CA — As they prepared to head off on a five-game road trip that will take them to the East Coast and into Canada, before ending the trip in the Midwest, the Los Angeles Kings players were talking about the need for greater consistency in their play.

But head coach Darryl Sutter had other ideas, and had some rather pointed comments in his post-practice press conference.

You can watch videos of interviews with Alec Martinez, Jarret Stoll and Sutter below.

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Frozen Royalty Video: Greene, Williams, Stoll, Sutter After LA Kings Drop 2-1 Decision To Flyers

LOS ANGELES — Claude Giroux and Wayne Simmonds scored goals while Steve Mason stopped 37 shots to lead the Philadelphia Flyers to a 2-1 win over the slow-starting Los Angeles Kings during a matinee affair at Staples Center in Los Angeles on December 6.

Justin Williams scored the lone goal for the Kings.

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LA Kings Rookie Brayden McNabb Is “…Our Youngest Defenseman…He’s Only Going To Get Better”

VIDEO: Also includes video of interviews with Brayden McNabb and head coach Darryl Sutter after practice on December 5, 2014.


LA Kings rookie defenseman Brayden McNabb, shown here during practice at the Toyota Sports Center in El Segundo, California on December 5, 2014.
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Photo: David Sheehan/CaliShooterOne Photography

EL SEGUNDO, CA — Things have begun to look up for the Los Angeles Kings over the last three weeks, as the team has shown signs of pulling all aspects of their game together.

In their last nine games, the Kings are 6-2-1, with wins over Anaheim, Florida, Carolina, Minnesota, Boston and Arizona during that span, along with regulation losses to Dallas and Chicago, and a shootout loss to Nashville.

Doing his part to contribute towards the Kings’ recent rise has been rookie defenseman Brayden McNabb, who has contributed eight assists in those nine games, and has tallied at least one assist in six of their last eight.

Prior to that, McNabb recorded just one assist in the first 15 games of the season.

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