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LA Kings D Jake Muzzin’s Got Something Good Cooking in The Early Going

Los Angeles Kings defenseman Jake Muzzin (right), shown here with forward
Trevor Lewis,during a recent practice session.
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Photo: Gann Matsuda/FrozenRoyalty.net

EL SEGUNDO, CA — Last season, a lot went wrong for the Los Angeles Kings, who failed to make the playoffs, resulting in President/General Manager Dean Lombardi and head coach Darryl Sutter being relieved of their duties last April.

Defenseman Jake Muzzin certainly wasn’t alone among players who struggled last season—there was plenty of that to go around. But his struggles were among the most notable, and his -21 plus/minus rating, the worst on the team, didn’t help his cause.

Much has been made about his commitment this past summer to his strength and conditioning work, along with evaluating his poor season, and looking at what he needed to do, or not do, as the case may be, to improve for this season.

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LA Kings: Dealing With Frustration On Two Levels All Season

Los Angeles Kings left wing Tanner Pearson, shown here at a recent practice.
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Photo: David Sheehan/CaliShooterOne Photography

EL SEGUNDO AND LOS ANGELES, CA — With nine games left and being eight points out of a wild card playoff berth, the Los Angeles Kings’ playoff chances are virtually non-existent. But they’re not eliminated and to their credit, they continue to claw, scratch and fight.

“We’re still alive,” said left wing Tanner Pearson. “We’ll take it game-by-game and focus on two points at a time.”

“We’ve got to win every game,” said defenseman Jake Muzzin. “We’ve got to play with emotion and desperation. [Against Winnipeg on March 23], coming out in the third period, I felt like we were attacking. We’ve got to start games like that and play that way for the full 60 minutes.”

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Can LA Kings Flip The Switch In Time For First Round Matchup vs. San Jose?

LA Kings defenseman Drew Doughty
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Photo: David Sheehan/CaliShooterOne Photography

EL SEGUNDO, CA — The Los Angeles Kings have been hard at work over the past couple of days, preparing for the first round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs against the San Jose Sharks, starting tonight at Staples Center in Los Angeles.

But if the way the Kings ended the season is any indication, they have some issues to correct before the post-season party begins. Otherwise, they’ll likely be booted from the party very, very early.

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Frozen Royalty Video: Muzzin, Lucic Interviews After LA Kings’ 3-2 Loss To Columbus

LOS ANGELES — Alec Martinez scored a power play goal in the first period, Jeff Carter added another with time winding down in the third period, and Anze Kopitar finally recorded his first assist of the season, but it wasn’t enough, as the Los Angeles Kings dropped a 3-2 decision to the Columbus Blue Jackets at Staples Center on Thursday night.

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Little Adjustment Paying Off Big For LA Kings Backup Goalie Jhonas Enroth

LA Kings goaltender Jhonas Enroth (right), shown here with goaltending coach Bill Ranford (left) during a recent
practice at the Toyota Sports Center in
El Segundo, California.
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Photo: David Sheehan/CaliShooterOne Photography

EL SEGUNDO, CA — When you talk to hockey players, you often hear them mention the “little things” that are part of their games, and it becomes apparent very quickly that those little things add up to something pretty big for each player.

For Los Angeles Kings backup goaltender Jhonas Enroth, one of those little things has turned out to be a pretty big thing on its own merits, and it has contributed to his stellar play in the two games he’s started this season, the latest being a 3-0 shutout victory on November 3 at St. Louis.

Enroth also beat the San Jose Sharks in San Jose on October 22.

In those two games, the 27-year-old native of Stockholm, Sweden has earned a 2-0 record, with an 0.50 goals-against average, a .984 save percentage, and as mentioned earlier, one shutout. In all, Enroth has faced 64 shots this season, allowing one goal.

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