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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Frozen Royalty Video: Kopitar, Stoll Media Interviews After 3-2 OT Win Over Anaheim

LOS ANGELES — They never had a lead in the game until the very end.

The end came at 2:19 of overtime when center Jarret Stoll tapped a centering pass from right wing Justin Williams into the net, leading the Los Angeles Kings to a 3-2 overtime win over the Anaheim Ducks during a matinee affair on November 15 at Staples Center in Los Angeles.

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LA Kings Leaning On Strong Team Culture To Push Past Distraction Created By Voynov Incident

ALSO; Defenseman Jake Muzzin likely to return to the lineup against Buffalo Sabres on October 23.


LA Kings defenseman Slava Voynov
Photo courtesy National Hockey League

EL SEGUNDO, CA — One day after defenseman Slava Voynov was arrested by Redondo Beach Police on suspicion of violating California Penal Code section 273.5(a)-Domestic Violence, the Los Angeles Kings held a routine practice.

In fact, the only way one could tell something was amiss was the size of the media contingent present—it was the kind of media presence the Kings only get during the playoffs.

Indeed, reporters and camera crews from most of the local television news outlets joined the usual reporters who cover the team to cover the Voynov story and how his situation would affect the team.

The practice session, which looked no different from any other non-game day full practice for the Kings, was an indication that they are going to go about their business as they always do.

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