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LA Kings D Matt Greene Is Focused On His Own Situation, As Usual

AUDIO: Story includes audio of media interviews with Los Angeles Kings defenseman Matt Greene and head coach Darryl Sutter.

Los Angeles Kings defenseman Matt Greene, shown here during a recent practice, is
biding his time, waiting for an opportunity to return to the lineup.
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EL SEGUNDO, CA — Whenever the Los Angeles Kings hit a cold streak, and they’re trying to figure out what their problems are, one player you can count on to accept responsibility and look only at himself is veteran defenseman and alternate captain Matt Greene.

In those instances, Greene will usually say something like he did on January 3: “You can only speak for yourself…I can’t talk for anybody else in this room. I can only talk for myself, and I have to get back to [playing well] to help our team.”

Fast forward to the present: Greene has been a healthy scratch for the last three games—he has not dressed since January 2 at St. Louis, an embarrassing 5-0 blowout loss, the culmination of a disastrous road swing in which the Kings lost all four games.

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LA Kings: Fraser On The Mend, Back On The Ice, While Greene Works To Get Up To Speed

LA Kings center Colin Fraser, shown here during a recent practice.
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EL SEGUNDO, CA — After being placed on injured reserve, retroactive to December 11, due to an apparent concussion suffered in Toronto, it was a bit of a surprise to see center Colin Fraser back on the ice, skating with his teammates during practice on December 16.

“It was nice [to be back on the ice for practice],” said Fraser. “It hasn’t been that many days, but it’s long enough. I was feeling pretty good.”

“It didn’t look good on the ice, but for whatever reason, even the next night, and the next day, I felt no symptoms, really,” added Fraser. “But the [concussion] protocol and the safety, which is, obviously, a good thing—I’m not complaining. It just takes a little bit longer.”

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LA Kings Blue Liner Alec Martinez: “It’s Been Good To Be In For Awhile”

Los Angeles Kings defenseman Alec Martinez, shown here at a recent practice.
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EL SEGUNDO, CA — To say that defenseman Alec Martinez has struggled to secure a spot in the Los Angeles Kings lineup would be quite the understatement. In fact, staying in the lineup has been such a huge challenge for the 26-year-old, 6-1, 208-pound native of Rochester Hills, Michigan during his tenure with the Kings, that it just might be a candidate for David Letterman’s list of Top Ten Understatements, if such a list existed, of course.

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LA Kings: Inconsistent Play Stopping Forecheck Before It Can Get Started

ALSO: Update on Dustin Brown adjusting to having to wear a knee brace; Defenseman Alec Martinez could become left wing Alec Martinez; Anze Kopitar makes a young man’s wish come true, and; in an audio interview, Willie Mitchell discusses hitting and fighting in the National Hockey League.


Los Angeles Kings center Anze Kopitar (left), with 18-year-old Tyler Fithian, a leukemia patient whose wish to skate with Kopitar was granted by the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Greater Los Angeles, on October 23.
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LOS ANGELES AND EL SEGUNDO, CA — Entering tonight’s game against the Phoenix Coyotes at Staples Center in Los Angeles (7:30 PM PDT; televised locally on Fox Sports West), the Los Angeles Kings are a disappointing 6-4-0 to start the season, good for twelve points. That ranks them a lowly fifth in the seven-team Pacific Division, and seventh in the Western Conference.

Although it is way too early in the season to be overly concerned, to this point in the season, inconsistent play has been a rather glaring issue for the Kings, and it has shown up mostly in their inability to generate a forecheck with any semblance of regularity, as was evident in a 3-2 loss to the Calgary Flames at Staples Center on October 21.

Indeed, even though the Kings took too many penalties and gave up three power play goals, their problems extended beyond their poor penalty-killing that night.

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