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: Kopitar, Martinez, Sutter After LA Kings Shutout Boston, 2-0

LOS ANGELES — Tanner Pearson scored a first period goal, Anze Kopitar contributed two assists, and Jonathan Quick made 31 saves to lead the Los Angeles Kings to a 2-0 shutout win over the Boston Bruins at Staples Center in Los Angeles on December 2.

The shutout was Quick’s 34th of his National Hockey League career.

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Frozen Royalty Video: Post-Practice Interviews With Brown, Martinez, Quick, Sutter

Los Angeles Kings defenseman Alec Martinez
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Photo: David Sheehan/CaliShooterOne Photography

EL SEGUNDO, CA — The Los Angeles Kings returned to practice ice after the Thanksgiving (in the United States) holiday on November 28, skating in a faster-than-usual session.

After practice, goaltender Jonathan Quick talked about sitting out two consecutive games while backup goalie Martin Jones played instead, and defenseman Alec Martinez talked about his recovery from his finger/fingernail injury/surgery.

You can watch videos of these interviews, along with forward Dustin Brown and head coach Darryl Sutter below.

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Alec Martinez Is Doing The “Right” Thing Well For LA Kings

LA Kings defenseman Alec Martinez
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Photo: David Sheehan/CaliShooterOne Photography”]

EL SEGUNDO, CA — After learning that right wing Justin Williams’ eye injury was already on the mend and that he would recover fully, media turned much of their focus on the play of defenseman Alec Martinez, who has played well despite moving to the right side.

But what made almost as much news was that head coach Darryl Sutter was rather effusive with praise for Martinez.

Normally, Sutter is more than reticent to offer praise for an individual player, always emphasizing that it takes more than one player for the team to be successful.

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