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: 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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Frozen Royalty Video: Lewis, Pearson, Brown and Sutter Interviews After LA Kings 3-2 Win Over Carolina

LOS ANGELES — Jarret Stoll, Trevor Lewis and Tanner Pearson scored goals, while Jonathan Quick stopped 25 shots to lead the Los Angeles Kings to a 3-2 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes at Staples Center in Los Angeles on November 20.

Jeff Skinner and Eric Staal scored for Carolina. Cam Ward took the loss in goal, stopping 36 shots.

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Frozen Royalty Video: Pre-Game Skate Interviews With Brown, Doughty, Greene and Sutter

LA Kings right wing Dustin Brown
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Photo: David Sheehan/CaliShooterOne Photography

EL SEGUNDO, CA — By the looks of things, perhaps the Los Angeles Kings are more than a bit anxious to get down to business of fixing what ails them.

Indeed, several players were on the ice at the Toyota Sports Center in El Segundo, California about twenty minutes prior to the announced start time for their pre-game morning skate on November 8.

The Kings host the Vancouver Canucks tonight at Staples Center (7:00 PM PST).

By the time 10:00 AM rolled around, the Kings were already 10-15 minutes into their morning skate, which ended, for the majority of players, by 10:20 AM.

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Frozen Royalty Video: Quick Becomes LA Kings’ All-Time Shutout Leader In 2-0 Win Over Buffalo

LOS ANGELES — Jeff Carter and Anze Kopitar scored power play goals and Jonathan Quick stopped 29 shots to lead the Los Angeles Kings to a 2-0 victory over the Buffalo Sabres on October 23 at Staples Center in Los Angeles.

With the shutout, the 33rd of his National Hockey League career, Quick passed former Kings legend Rogie Vachon to become the team’s all-time shutouts leader.

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