Jake Muzzin isn’t picking up many airline miles, because he hasn’t had a consistent carrier, but he said he’s pleased to be picking up some Marriott points, though. Muzzin is back with the Kings for a second time. Assigned to Manchester on Oct. 23, when Matt Greene returned to the lineup, Muzzin returned two days later. Then, when Drew Doughty returned, Muzzin was assigned to Manchester on Nov. 3. Now, a week later, he’s back, due to Willie Mitchell’s wrist injury, and is expected to be in the lineup tomorrow night. Muzzin had one goal and one assist in two games in his latest stint with the Monarchs.

“It was good to go down to Manchester,” Muzzin said. “I played a lot of minutes in those games, and I got a lot of confidence playing in those games. I come back here with a lot of confidence, and I just want to continue growing and building as a player, and hopefully I can help out the guys here.”

Before Muzzin’s last trip to Manchester, Murray said the coaches would meet with Muzzin and talk to him about his game. Today, Muzzin talked about the feedback from the coaching staff.

MUZZIN: “Me, Hexy [Ron Hextall], John (Stevens) and Jamie (Kompon) went over some video, just some little things that I need to improve on, and some stuff I’ve got to continue doing and some of the good stuff I can’t let slide away, that has given me my success. Mostly positive things, and just not to go down with a bad attitude or moping around. I’m pretty easygoing, so I was happy to be here, happy to be there, just kind of enjoying life right now.”

And here are Murray’s thoughts on Muzzin, who has one assist in eight games with the Kings this season.

“We liked what we saw,” Murray said. “He went back because of a player coming off IR. He went down with a good attitude, worked hard, and was not down a long time, mind you, but we liked the things that he contributed to our team.”

Murray expressed satisfaction with Muzzin’s statement that it was “good” to have a stint in Manchester.

“That’s the attitude that you always have to go back with,” Murray said. “If you carry that kind of game to the minors, from the NHL, as a young player, you’re going to get better. You’ll improve every day, you’ll get rewarded with important minutes in critical situation and you’re going to find confidence. The confidence will grow very quickly.”

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Alec martinez

#27 | 6′ 1″ | 210 lb | Age: 29

Born: July 26, 1987
Birthplace: Rochester Hills, MI, USA
Position: D
Handedness: Left


Bio: Martinez was drafted by the LA Kings in the 2007 Draft, while playing for Miami University. He has since become a two-time Stanley Cup champion and the 17th man in Stanley Cup playoff history to score the Cup-winning goal in overtime.

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.