March 30 morning skate quotes: Rob Scuderi - LA Kings Insider

On whether he values a point total that would be on pace for a career-high over 82 games:
“Not really. I think for me, most of my assists are coming off a breakout pass or maybe just a smart play with a rim or a chip, and it’s our forwards that are doing most of the work. It’s nice to have good statistics, but at the end of the day, I’m never a guy that’s going to be judged solely on them.”

On what he has noticed about Minnesota’s forwards:
“Just from watching a few games, they have a lot of depth. Certainly they have a first line, and that’s their most dangerous line, but there’s a lot of depth to their scoring after that, and it makes it difficult to match up against. We have a good group ourselves, so it’s maybe not as big a fear for us, but for the rest of the league, certainly you look at how their scoring is spread out. It makes it dangerous for a lot of teams.”

On whether his chemistry with Slava Voynov continues to evolve:
“You pick up something every few games. Maybe a hint of what he’s going to do before he’s going to do it, how to read someone’s body language, and certainly we’ve been talking much better and trying to hammer out maybe a bit of the language barrier. He’s been great. He’s a great defenseman. He makes good plays. He jumps up in the play when it’s available. He doesn’t force things, so he’s very easy to play with and hopefully we continue to develop our chemistry.”

On whether he’s following Boston College in the NCAA hockey tournament:
“I can’t say I know who they’re playing. I know they’re in the tournament. I was watching the Minnesota-Yale game last night, and that was pretty exciting going into overtime, with the quick finish in OT. College hockey will always be a part of my past. It’s hard to pay attention to it when you’re not around it so much, but when you’re in a place like Minnesota, you’re in a place like Boston, maybe Michigan, where it’s a really, really big part of the culture there, it’s hard not to get in to.”

On what makes the rhythm of 17-games-in-30-days different from other months:
“I think just less practice. I think the coaching staff did a great job of giving us some days off when they felt that we needed them with the busy schedule. But at the same time, when you miss out on that practice time, it can turn into bad habits during the games. I think we weren’t the only team that had that problem, but certainly that’s the biggest thing I noticed over a really busy schedule.”

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