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Most of the Kings didn’t skate Sunday morning, but they didn’t all get a free day. Many of them ended up in Terry Murray’s office for a little chat. After yesterday’s game, Murray had said he intended to talk to Anze Kopitar about his game, and he did (see below), but Murray said several other players also got the call, “about how everyone is doing, how they’re feeling, some feedback on what I’m seeing in the last several games, bringing awareness to good things and stuff that needs to be refocused.”

Kopitar’s goal-less streak extended to 12 games after Saturday, and I asked Murray if anything productive came from today’s meeting with Kopitar…

MURRAY: “Well, we’ll find out. We talked about a few things. I know there’s a sense that there’s a need to get some results and a need to be better, obviously, in that area, the offensive part of it. We’re a team that relied on him, and looked to him, in the early part, and he really came through for us. Inevitably, when there’s a high level of performance, there’s going to be a cycle where you’re going to start to drop off a bit. I’m hoping that it starts to get back on the climb again real soon.

Also, I asked Murray what, simply from watching the games, he saw in Kopitar’s play that he thinks needs to be corrected…

MURRAY: “There are a few things that are different. The one thing I can share with you, that I think he needs to bring a big focus to, is to shorten things up, get into the habit again of high-intensity, shorter shifts, to regain that flow in your game. I think that sometimes — and I’m not necessarily saying this was part of the conversation — in general, players feel that they need to stay longer, do more, be great, `I’ve got to get it done now, this shift,’ and the attitude with that is, it usually snowballs the other way on you. Simplify, get very focused, keep the shifts short in most every situation, and it starts to come that way.”

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Jake Muzzin

#6 | 6′ 3″ | 216 lb | Age: 27

Born: Feb 21, 1989
Birthplace: Woodstock, ON, CAN
Position: D
Handedness: Left


Muzzin was drafted in 2007 by the Pittsburgh Penguins, before signing to the Kings in 2010. He has since become the first Woodstock, Ontario professional athlete to win a major sports trophy.

Anze Kopitar

#11 | 6′ 3″ | 224 lb | Age: 29

Born: August 24, 1987
Birthplace: Jesenice, SVN
Position: C
Handedness: Left


As the 11th overall pick in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft, Kopitar became the first Slovenian to play in the NHL. Kopitar has spent his entire NHL career with the Kings, and following the 2015–16 season, was named the Kings’ captain. Noted for both his offensive and defensive play, Kopitar was awarded the Frank J. Selke Trophy as the best defensive forward in the NHL in 2016.

Drew Doughty

#8 | 6′ 1″ | 195 lb | Age: 26

Born: December 8, 1989
Birthplace: London, ON, CAN
Position: D
Handedness: Right


Bio: Doughty is a Canadian defenceman who was selected second overall by the Kings in the 2008 Draft. Doughty made his NHL debut in 2008 as an 18-year-old and was named to the All-Rookie Team. He is a two-time Stanley Cup champion with the Kings, a two-time Olympic gold medallist with the Canadian national team, and a Norris Trophy finalist.

Tyler Toffoli

#73 | 6′ 1″ | 200 lb | Age: 24

Born: April 24, 1992
Birthplace: Scarborough, ON, CAN
Position: C
Handedness: Right


Toffoli is a Canadian professional ice hockey forward, drafted by the Kings in the second round of the 2010 Draft. Toffoli scored his first career NHL goal in his second game in a 4–0 victory over the Phoenix Coyotes in 2013. He was also named the 2012–13 AHL All-Rookie Team.

Jeff Carter

#77 | 6′ 4″ | 215 lb | Age: 31

Born: January 1, 1985
Birthplace: London, ON, CAN
Position: C
Handedness: Right


Carter began his hockey career playing in the Ontario Hockey League in Canada before joining the AHL and playing for the Philadelphia Flyers. He was then traded to the Colombus Blue jackets before joining the LA Kings in 2012, where he has since won two Stanley Cups with the Kings.

Jonathan Quick

#32 | 6′ 1″ | 218 lb | Age: 30

Born: January 21, 1986
Birthplace: Milford, CT, USA
Position: G
Handedness: Left


Bio: Quick is the current goaltender for the LA Kings and was selected by Los Angeles at the 2005 NHL Entry Draft. Previously, Quick was a silver medalist with USA at the 2010 Winter Olympics. He’s won two Stanley Cup championships with the Kings, along with being the most recent goaltender to be awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy as the Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the 2012 Stanley Cup playoffs.