October 20 practice quotes: Carcillo, Muzzin
Daniel Carcillo, on whether Saturday’s game represented a step towards making Staples Center a difficult environment for opponents:
Yeah, I think that was something that we talked about. I think last night we had a team identity, and we were hitting physical and tough to play against. It doesn’t mean just big hits, but in every single battle and on the walls.
Carcillo, on his impressions of playing at Staples Center as a King:
They got pretty loud there after the fight, so obviously they like physicality, and it’s a pretty loyal fan base here. It’s a sold out rink, and I’m pretty fortunate to be able to play in front of that many people every night.
Carcillo, on the origins of his fight with Antoine Roussel:
I don’t know. It just happened. He’s the type of player that gets under peoples’ skin, and you’re obviously aware that he’s out there, and you just want to kind of get the team going a little bit.
Carcillo, on what the team will look to further in Monday’s game against Calgary:
I think just playing our game, continuing to get better in the D-zone and in battles, and really establishing our identity at home is something – that’s something that we’ve talked about over the last couple days.
Carcillo, on the way the team was able to take advantage of Dallas’ turnovers:
You just know your opponent, and we knew that they were going to come with speed through the neutral zone, and they wanted to wind it up. Just getting pucks behind their D and finishing and not letting ‘em join the rush was I think a big key.
Jake Muzzin, on what allowed the Kings to gain speed through the neutral zone:
Just five guys back. Instead of guys posting up where guys can kind of trap themselves, we had guys come back and create speed. It gives the D a little bit more options coming up the ice to hit with, and we’ve got guys coming with speed, so it’s a little harder to defend.
Muzzin, on the compressed schedule and the rhythm of playing every other day:
This is my second season, and last year was a half a season, so it’s been like this the whole time for me, so I wouldn’t know any different. It’s fine. I like playing…and a day between here or there. It keeps you game-ready. It keeps you ready to go, so it’s fine with me.