April 21 morning skate quotes: Matt Greene - LA Kings Insider

On whether there’s any relief that the team has officially qualified for the playoffs:
“No. We’re shooting for home ice right now. That’s been the goal. That’s what Darryl’s been talking about all year. I mean, I’ve only been back for a few days, but that’s definitely the message around here is that we’re shooting for home ice.”

On whether a desperate Dallas team with a strong work ethic presents a particular challenge:
“I think it’s going to be a great game. They’ve been playing well…Hard working team, and they’re playing a good system, so it’s going to be tough. It’s going to be a game probably just like Columbus came out and gave us. Real gritty, hard working game.”

On Los Angeles having an impact on other teams’ postseason chances:
“I mean, right now they’ve got an impact on ours, too. Just because you clinch – it means that you’re in it, but you still have got to sort everything out. There’s all these matches that you want to try to benefit yourself and get home ice, and that’s what’s going to do it for us. That’s our goal. Just keep eating up those points and keep climbing.”

On when the focus shifts from making sure the body is OK to fine tuning particular aspects of his game after missing a significant period of time:
“I think right away. I think you’ve got to start picking up points in your game. You can’t just be average right now and worry about yourself and how you’re feeling. You’ve got to be contributing to the team and being a positive out there, or else you’re not worth doing it.”

His first impressions of skating with Jake Muzzin:
“He’s awesome. He’s a really good player. He’s really good with the puck. Really good poise. You can see it obviously on TV, but then kind of playing with him, you see even more. He does a good job of skating and moving it well, and he’s a big body back there. He does [a lot] defensively, too, so he’s a real strong part.”

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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.