October 20 practice quotes: Carcillo, Muzzin - LA Kings Insider

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.

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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.