March 5 morning skate quotes: Anze Kopitar - LA Kings Insider

On whether the Kings are developing a reputation of being difficult to play against at home:
“I think so, yeah. I think just in general we’ve been to known to be more difficult to play against. I think the big thing is obviously to establish your identity at home, and I think we’ve done a pretty good job of that. Now teams are hopefully a little more intimidated coming into Staples Center than they were before.”

On playing back-to-back games at home:
“I think…coaches have done a pretty good job of giving us the option of skating [or] not skating, getting ready. We all know it’s on us to get ready. Guys are doing whatever they think is the best for them. It’s just preparation, just like any other game. It doesn’t matter if it’s a road or home game.”

On what he liked from the road win in St. Louis:
“Well, we just came off a loss in Detroit that was maybe, I guess, I bit unfair because we outplayed them and we didn’t get the result that we wanted, so I thought we showed a good character of coming right back and beating a good team on the road. I’m sure they want to beat us tonight, just like we beat them at home. We’ve got to be ready. It’s going to be a physical, physical game. They have lots of big bodies, and we’ve got to be prepared for that.”

On whether last night’s game was a good example of everybody “being on the same page”:
“Yeah, I think so. Going into the game you know it’s not going to be a high scoring affair. It is what it is. We stuck with it. That’s pretty much the whole point of that. We weren’t bad in the first period, but we didn’t have a whole lot going. They didn’t either…They block tons of shots, too. It’s tough to get the puck to the net nowadays. It really is. But I think just the big thing is to stay with it like we did tonight. We had a strong third period, and now we’re going to try and get her going.”

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