January 25 morning skate quotes: Fraser, Muzzin
Colin Fraser, on tonight being just another game:
I think you have to approach it that way. Obviously there are two points at stake and another home game that we kind of owe them from last game. We need to start getting some points here – teams are catching us and they’re gapping it out a little bit. It’s exciting too. It’s not every day you get to play in a baseball stadium outside in LA. So I guess it’s one of those cool things you can look back on in your career.
Fraser, on if the 7:15 start time will alter his game day preparation:
I mean what are we – 7:00 or 7:30 depending on what building we’re in. For me it doesn’t change much. I’m not a sleep all day kind of guy as it is. I feel like they kept pushing it back. When they first talked about it, it was six-something. That might have made a little bit of a difference, but 7:00 – 7:15, it’s all the same.
Fraser, on his expectations for the game:
It definitely feels different with the fans not being on top of you – I guess with all the emptiness around. I think once the game starts you kind of just play the game. It’s no different than what we’ve done our whole lives. We still have to play the systems and still have to shoot the puck and pass the puck and all that stuff. It really shouldn’t matter what surface you’re on, but it’s going to feel different with 53-thousad people here outside. But it will be fun too.
Jake Muzzin, on having the morning skate at Toyota Sports Center:
It feels normal for us here, but yesterday was exciting. I got to try out the ice and see the atmosphere there and tonight should be pretty exciting.
Muzzin, on what might be different from an indoor game:
It will be the same battle we had the other night, I would assume. Both teams – big, strong, fast teams battling – we need some points to catch them and we need to start tonight.
Muzzin, on representing the city of Los Angeles at its first ever outdoor game:
You always want to play hard and win in front of your fans. I’m sure the 50-thousand fans tonight are going to be split, or close to it. It will be fun to play in front of them in the atmosphere and I’m sure they’ll have fun too.
Muzzin, on what was learned from playing Anaheim on Thursday:
We have to bear down on our opportunities. We had some chances there where we could have scored goals and that’s kind of been fighting us lately. So bearing down on our opportunities, getting a little gritty and a little desperation earlier on to get those goals.
Muzzin, on Wayne Gretzky being at the game:
It will be sweet to play in front of him. He’s obviously the Great One. Anytime his presence is near, everyone knows about it. Hopefully we put a win together for him. [Reporter: Have you ever met him before?] Yeah, I think I have. I met his dad a lot too because he’s always running around the Brantford 99 Arena – The Wayne Gretzky Centre. He was always around there so I met him a lot. I think I met Wayne maybe once or twice. [Reporter: So you played there quite a bit?] Yeah, I played two years in Brantford.