With the Calgary Flames beating Washington 5-3 yesterday, The Los Angeles Kings need a solid effort from every player to ensure the safety of their current playoff position. The Kings need to put an end to their current 3-game skid.
"Let’s start here. I don’t think anybody thinks we’ve played at the level we’ve shown, consistently, since the Olympics. We’ve had spurts and periods, like when we played in Chicago. I don’t think that anybody feels that, since the Olympics, that we’ve been playing with — I don’t know what the right word is — juice, or confidence or whatever. You see a lot of teams that have been struggling. Ironically, Phoenix is a team that didn’t have anybody in the Olympics and they go on a roll. Most of the teams that had people there, they have issues. So the issue now is, I believe in this group but we’ve got to quit messing around. It’s not only the wins and losses. In my situation, you’re looking to see how they’re playing. Are we playing to the best of our ability? That’s the goal and I think if we do, we’re going to be more than fine. Then we look at how we need to be even better to go to the next level." - Dean Lombardi, Kings GM
"Don't over-evaluate, don't over-analyze here, because you're going to go the wrong way. The first period, the start of the game, is fine. We're in good shape. We're leading the game. Everything is under control. Five-on-three power play, 4-on-3 power play, puck goes off our defenseman's skate. Everything is OK." - Coach Terry Murray, on the Kings last loss to Dallas on Saturday
"We need urgency from every aspect of this team. Coaches, players, trainers, we all need to get that mindset. Ultimately, it lies on the players, and that's the most important thing, but as a group, a team, here, everyone involved, we all need to have the mentality, that urgency, and we haven't had it. Again, that's unacceptable." - Dustin Brown