October 27, 2013 10:50 am

October 27 morning skate quotes: Anze Kopitar

On whether there are any unique keys towards playing Edmonton:
No, not really. I don’t think the game plan changes too much when you go from game to game, but there are little adjustments here and there. Tonight they’re a fast team that’s not afraid…to trade turnovers. We want to make sure we eliminate those and not give them chances on the rush, because they can definitely make some plays.

On whether a key is hemming the Oilers deep and limiting their offensive zone time:
Yeah. I mean, we all know our strength is to get in their zone and cycle and grind ‘em down. That’s obviously frustrating for the other team if we do a good job of it. It’s a matter of getting in there and going through the neutral zone with no turnovers.

On whether he got what he had hoped out of a one-game-in-five-days stretch:
Yeah. I mean, it’s no different. You get a day off, and you try to relax a little bit and turn your mind off. As soon as you come back here, it’s on again. But it’s nice to get a day once in a while and I guess refresh.

On how often he took faceoffs against Boyd Gordon when he was in Phoenix:
He took pretty much every single faceoff in their D-zone, so quite a bit. He was one of the penalty killers there, too, so I’ve seen him a bunch of times.

On Gordon being one of the league’s better faceoff artists and defensive centers:
Yeah, I think so. He gets really low and takes everything on his backhand, too. It’s pretty tough to go against him, honestly. But try and get in there, be strong on his stick, and see what happens.

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