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Frozen Royalty Audio: LA Kings Begin Prep Work For First Round Playoff Matchup vs. San Jose

EL SEGUNDO, CA — The 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs begin in just a few days, and the Los Angeles Kings are apparently already in full playoff mode.

Despite not taking the ice on Monday, opting instead for off-ice workouts, forwards Dustin Brown, Anze Kopitar and Jarret Stoll, along with goaltender Jonathan Quick, and head coach Darryl Sutter took time out to speak to the media gathered at their practice facility, the Toyota Sports Center in El Segundo, California.

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Perseverence Finally Pays Off For LA Kings Defenseman Prospect Andrew Campbell

AUDIO INTERVIEWS: Includes audio interviews with Los Angeles Kings right wing Jordan Nolan, goaltender Martin Jones, head coach Darryl Sutter, and defenseman Andrew Campbell.


LA Kings defenseman prospect Andrew Campbell.
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EL SEGUNDO, CA — At the risk of raining on rookie defenseman Andrew Campbell’s parade, even he knows that he isn’t likely to be with the Los Angeles Kings for very long, especially if defenseman Drew Doughty’s suspected shoulder injury heals soon.

That said, the 6-4, 206-pound native of Caledonia, Ontario made his National Hockey League debut on April 5, in Vancouver, where the Kings lost, 2-1.

That’s an accomplishment that no one can take away or diminish. Nevertheless, some might think, “big deal! We always hear stories about a young player making his NHL debut, and they’re all pretty much the same.”

The difference here is that Campbell has toiled in the American Hockey League with the Manchester Monarchs since he was selected by the Kings in third round (74th overall) of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.

Indeed, Campbell has been stuck in the minors for nearly six years, an unusually long time for an NHL prospect, even for a stay-at-home defenseman who is the antithesis of the term, “flashy.”

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LA Kings Defenseman Alec Martinez Has Become A Difference-Maker

AUDIO INTERVIEWS: Includes audio interviews with Los Angeles Kings defenseman Alec Martinez and Willie Mitchell.


LA Kings defenseman Alec Martinez (foreground) checks Minnesota Wild forward Erik Haula.
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EL SEGUNDO, CA — Often times, the hockey gods work in strange, mysterious ways, and for a long time, they were not smiling down upon Los Angeles Kings defenseman Alec Martinez.

Whether it was one of a handful injuries, or falling out of favor with head coach Darryl Sutter, Martinez has been out of the lineup for some fairly lengthy stretches.

During the lockout-abbreviated 2013 season, the 6-1, 209-pound native of Rochester Hills, Michigan played in just 27 out of the Kings’ 48 games, scoring one goal and contributing four assists for five points, while sitting out seven regular games, from February 12 – March 4, 2013.

More importantly, Martinez was on the sidelines for most the 2013 playoffs, appearing in just seven of the Kings’ 18 playoff games (four games vs. St. Louis, two vs. San Jose, and one vs. Chicago).

This season was going much the same way for Martinez, who missed action from October 18 – November 12, 2013, sitting out seven games. He also sat out from December 29, 2013 – January 4, 2014, missing four games, and from January 12 – 16, watching one game in street clothes.

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LA Kings Dustin Brown: “Holding Onto The Puck Is A Key For Me”

AUDIO: Includes audio interviews with Dustin Brown and Darryl Sutter.


Los Angeles Kings forward and captain Dustin Brown.
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LOS ANGELES AND EL SEGUNDO, CA — One day after his first game back in the lineup after missing two games with an undisclosed lower body injury (unrelated to the knee injury—posterior cruciate ligament—he suffered during last season’s playoffs), Los Angeles Kings winger and captain Dustin Brown spent some time studying video of his play during a 2-1 shootout win over the Washington Capitals.

More than one observer has noted that Brown had more jump in his step, more speed, and more aggressiveness against the Capitals on March 20 than has been seen from him all season long.

“I felt fine,” Brown said about returning to the lineup. “Getting up to speed after missing a week, or two games, just getting back up to game speed, I think I adjusted pretty well.”

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