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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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The Sky Is Not Falling On The Los Angeles Kings

Also features a video interview with Los Angeles Kings forward and captain Dustin Brown.


LA Kings forward Dustin Brown, shown here
at a recent practice.
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EL SEGUNDO, CA — As the Los Angeles Kings limped home after losing all four games on their last road trip, they head into a contest against division rival Vancouver tonight (7:00 PM PST, Staples Center) having lost five straight games for the first time since December 3 – December 13, 2011, a streak of misery that ended with the firing of then-head coach Terry Murray.

Although there seems to be a significant amount of panic among Kings fans, the circumstances are dramatically different from those of two seasons past. In fact, the Kings insist that they are not far off from being on the other side of the won-loss column in their last five games.

“We’ve played well enough,” said head coach Darryl Sutter. “If you look at it, prior to our last time we played St. Louis, we’d gotten points in five straight games. Four of them were overtime losses. Now we’re not getting the extra goal, so you’re not getting points.”

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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 Rookie Goalie Martin Jones Has Come A Long Way From The North Shore Winter Club

LA Kings rookie goaltender Martin Jones
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EL SEGUNDO, CA — As he left the ice after earning his first National Hockey League shutout in a 3-0 victory over the New York Islanders on December 7 at Staples Center in what was just his second NHL game, goaltender Martin Jones entered the dressing room while his teammates chanted his name.

In two games, Jones has won both contests, the first coming at Anaheim, a 3-2, nine-round shootout win on December 3. In those games, Jones earned an 0.97 goals-against average and a .955 save percentage.

Those are magnificent numbers, to be sure. However, given the small sample size, they do not mean a whole lot. Even so, it represents a tremendous, near-fairy tale start to a young goaltender’s NHL career.

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