November 5 practice quotes: Jonathan Quick - LA Kings Insider

On his focus in practice during four consecutive days without games:
You’re just trying to get better. Every day you’re just coming to practice with things you want to work on and try to get better. We got a team coming in Thursday. That’s obviously our goal…to win that game. But we’ve got a couple days here to get a lot of work done in practice, so we’re just going to try to get better every day.

On whether he is able to “enjoy” practice:
Practice is important. That’s where you form all your good habits and work on all the little details in your game that sometimes you lose when you miss practice, or when you’re playing every other night or playing back to back and you’re not getting enough practice time. And, those are the things you’ll start to lose in your game because you’re not working on it, you know the continued reps over and over again. Practice and games are so much different. So you need it. Everybody needs it, and so you get a break like this where you’ve got a couple days of practice. It’s a great opportunity to take advantage of what you have, and try to get better and just try to get better and work on all those little things.

On whether he consciously pinpoints areas in his game he wants to improve in practice:
This situation’s a little different, where it’s four days without a game, four in a row. Usually it’s every game. We’ll break down the video and see things like little details in the game that need to be better, and that’s your focus – working on those things and making sure they’re better for the next game.

On whether the team takes the national conversation over San Jose and Anaheim’s early success personally:
I’m not even aware of it. I don’t know. You just go about your business. I don’t think anyone’s really aware of it. I haven’t heard any talk of it. When we get a chance to play a game, we’re trying to get two points, and…we’ll go from there. I think that’s our only concern. That’s all we’re trying to do. [Reporter: Focus on what you can control?] Yeah, exactly.

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