Who: LA Kings vs. Phoenix Coyotes
When: 5pm Pacific
Where: Jobing.com Arena – Glendale, Arizona
TV: Fox Sports West (pregame @4:30)
Brown – Kopitar – Williams
Clifford – Richards – Carter
King – Stoll – Lewis
Gagne – Fraser – Nolan
Scuderi – Doughty
Martinez – Voynov
Drewiske – Muzzin
Quick in goal
Scratches: Penner, Richardson, Bodnarchuk
Injured: Mitchell, Greene
- Dustin Penner will be a healthy scratch…again. More from Sutter below.
- Kyle Clifford will stay on the 2nd line with Mike Richards and Jeff Carter.
- The Kings visit Phoenix for the first time since the ‘handshake‘ incident.
- Check out what the Kings’ blogosphere is saying…
- Happy Birthday to Wayne Gretzky who turned 52 today.
- Enter the Mayor’s first goal contest here…
- Former King Jason LaBarbera will get the start in goal for Phoenix.
- Download tonight’s game notes here…
- Prepare to laugh at the Royal Half’s preview here…
- Coyotes center Martin Hanzal will return to the lineup.
- Coyotes center Matthew Lombardi is out indefinitely.
- Check out Life in Hockeywood’s blogger prediction panel!
- Game Preview: Los Angeles at Phoenix
- A look back at the Michal Rozsival hit by Brown
- Anze Kopitar mindful that Coyotes will be looking for revenge
- Drew Doughty’s play in Phoenix is helping shape NHL rules
- The other side: Coyotes lines and notes
- Gagne back in Kings’ lineup, Mitchell and Penner still out
- Phoenix Coyotes look for answers after 4 games
On what he expects from Gagne: “Little more spirit in his game and a little more pace. And hopefully not have to re-evaluate it.”
On Dustin Penner: “Dustin is close. Him and Simon are sort of in the same siutation. Dustin is in a really good place mentally. We can’t use games as preseason games. He’s close, so I just want him to get his game pace to where it’s got to be.”
On the team overall: “I liked our game in Edmonton. I liked it for the most part in Colorado, so that means we should be getting there. We got a really young defense and we need the pace of our forwards to be a hell of a lot better to help them out. It’s not hard to figure out. It’s nothing more than that.”
On Willie Mitchell’s status: “He’s got to push through it. That’s what got to happen.”
On the power play: “We’re not getting enough shots. We’re getting good looks, but more [shots] is better for your percentages. We’ve done a lot of work the last couple of days talking to players, doing video. We hit three posts in Edmonton, but still that’s not a shot on goal. We’re playing those three young kids on the power play, so it’s a learning curve for them. Muzzin, Voynov and Martinez are playing on the power play for good reason because they have good shots and they have a good skill set. But they got to shoot the puck more. They can be so respectful of Kopitar, Carter and Williams that they want to give them the puck. They [need] to get the puck and pound it. If it hits one of [the forwards] and goes in then so be it. That’s what you want.”
On Davis Drewiske: “We need Davis to replace Greener. Play the right side and replace Greener. That’s where he is in the organization and that’s where he’s played and that’s what he’s capable of is that type of player. That’s what he’s capable of and we’re going to work with him to do that.”
On the team’s first visit to Phoenix since Game 5 of the Western Conference Final last season: ” It’s just another game for us. We don’t have a win yet and that’s our focus. We’re not concerned with anything that happened in the past. We’re just focusing on two points.”
On whether there is still any animosity between the two clubs from his hit in Game 5: “I don’t know. I can’t speak on their side of things but like I said, we’re not concerned with what happened last year. With a shortened season we got to focus on getting two points every night. That’s our individual and our team focus right now. We got to start winning some games here.”
On the power play: “I think we’ve had some good chances. I think we just need to simplify and get pucks to the net and crash. When things are not going well that’s the easiest way to get out of it is throw pucks on net.”
On how he feels physically: “I feel good. I only had a chance to play one game, so it’s hard to know how you feel overall. The first game always is a weird game, especially when it’s been a while since you played. But I’ll get a couple games under my belt and I’ll be able to tell how I feel our not. But right now just by practicing I feel good.”
On getting so much ice time: “I definitely got in shape pretty quick with [coach Sutter] putting us through some pretty tough practices and I didn’t have much time to get back into it. I just right away started playing 25 to 30 minutes, but I love it. I feel like I’m flying out there and I feel really good, so hopefully it continues.”
Listen to John Hoven and Arizona Republic’s Sarah McLellan talk about the matchup