On the last two days of practice:
“[To be] perfectly clear and honest, March [has] just about zero practice. We have 17 games, I believe, in March. You’ve got very little practice, so you have to take advantage of these days. It doesn’t mean that it impacts tomorrow, but it’s got to impact the big picture. Certainly with some of these young guys – not some of them, most of them – it’s about practice.”

On the play in St. Louis where Martinez got hurt:
“It was just an innocent thing. It was like [the] second shift. It was nothing. It was just an easy play. He just got banged. He’s better. You know what? He’s had it before, and it gets better. We’ve had them. You’ve just got to do it every day and be careful. He won’t be very long.”

On who will start in goal versus Columbus:
“No answer. Know the program. I don’t say the day before, the day of or until, right? It’s the way I feel.”

On why he prefers to not announce a starter:
“I just don’t feel comfortable doing that. For lack of a better answer, St. Louis announced Halak was…playing the other night. That’s what we assumed, too. So did they. It doesn’t really serve much purpose publicly. It’s not like you have a rotation. Lots of things happen. In more of a roundabout way, we want to be a playoff team. We need a goalie to get hot, not get patted on the back.”

On how often he tells a goaltender that he’s starting ahead of time:
“Sometimes. Obviously, tomorrow morning they’ll know. But when we’re on the road, or depending on how late your travel is, generally we let them know.”

On goaltending competition:
“We rode a hot goalie last year, right? They didn’t the year before. We rode a hot goalie last year. You know what? We’re in the same thing again. [We] need one to get hot.”

On what he saw in Ellerby’s play from Detroit to St. Louis:
“The ability to move pucks. It was pretty consistent in both games. It’s the strength of his game, and it has to be really consistent. He’s a big, mobile guy, and he’s going to be on the puck a lot, so being able to make the good play is what we want him to do. That’d be number one.”

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#27 | 6′ 1″ | 210 lb | Age: 29

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

Bio

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.

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#11 | 6′ 3″ | 224 lb | Age: 29

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

Bio

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#8 | 6′ 1″ | 195 lb | Age: 26

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

Bio

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.

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#73 | 6′ 1″ | 200 lb | Age: 24

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

Bio

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#77 | 6′ 4″ | 215 lb | Age: 31

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

Bio

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#32 | 6′ 1″ | 218 lb | Age: 30

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

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