January 23 morning skate quotes: Anaheim - LA Kings Insider

Bruce Boudreau, on Ryan Getzlaf not participating in the morning skate:
No, he’s good.

Boudreau, on Patrick Maroon’s play:
He’s been doing a real good job. I have to say in the last four or five games, he might be our best forward. Yeah, I would venture to guess that you’ll see him in.

Boudreau, on the matchup with Los Angeles:
I mean they’re a big, tough, physical team. They’ve taken it us pretty good in recent games here. So we have to find a way to slow them down and match their willingness to win battles. If we can do that, then I think they won’t get 51 shots on goal. [Reporter: Is that the most significant adjustment you can make from the December 3rd game?] I think there are other things we can do. I just watched the game this morning again, and I think there are other adjustments we can make as well. Hopefully, to get a little more successful – even though you lose on the 18th shooter in a shootout, but still. I think all coaches want a perfect game, which is usually 17 or 18 shots for the other team and you guys are doing the right thing.

Boudreau, on what he learned from watching the last game against Los Angeles:
There are some things that I looked at and thought ‘okay, this is what one of the things that’s happening with us against them.’ And hopefully we can respond and we watched some video on some stuff today and do better a job.

Boudreau, on Hampus Lindholm’s game:
He’s steady as he goes. To me, I don’t think things affect him. That’s why in years to come, he’s going to be a perfect guy. He doesn’t get too high, doesn’t get too low. Things just come to him and I’m assuming he will have another good game tonight. [Reporter: And he is handling the physicality part?] He’s a big, strong boy. He doesn’t go looking to make the big hits, but he’s tough to get the puck away from on the wall because he’s big and strong.

Patrick Maroon, on playing on the top line and the fourth line in recent games:
It helps me a lot. I think playing on the top line, obviously they seem to have the confidence in me to play with those guys – Perry and Getzlaf. They see I have the – whatever you call it – the skill set. I’m the big guy who goes down low and hits guys, that protects the pucks down low. So, obviously they see that to get the puck back to them. But being in the role on the fourth line – it’s just me, me, me. I’m here to get the team going no matter how it is. If it’s to get a fight, to bang bodies, to do whatever it takes to be in the lineup – that’s what I’m here for. I’ve been fighting a lot this year, and you know what – that’s whatever I need to do. So I’m just happy to be a part of this lineup, a part of this team. I’m just trying to fit in wherever I can.

Maroon, on being rewarded with a roster spot by Bruce Boudreau:
I think he did, I think he has rewarded me all year for it. In the beginning of the year when Penner went down, he gave me the opportunity to play with the two best players in the NHL. That was pretty cool to be a part of that. Obviously they see me in all different roles here. If it’s being the guy to go out there and get the team going – then I’ll be the guy to do that. If they put me on the top line to get the other guys going – I don’t know. I just feel like it’s good to be a part of a good team, a good hockey club like this. It’s fun too… If you’re a healthy scratch or you sit, it’s not because you’re playing bad, right? It’s because we have so many good forwards in this locker room that there’s no reason to get down or mad. You just have to keep working hard, and if you work hard in practice and they see that, they’ll put you in. That’s how I see that. It’s been a good ride for me so far.

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