Audio: John Hynes talks Devils, tonight's match-up; NJ lineup bits - LA Kings Insider

The New Jersey Devils held an optional morning skate on Tuesday and brought players out of the dressing room for media scrums, so in lieu of a Quick Hits one-on-one, some interesting John Hynes observations have been plucked from his availability and are embedded below.

First, some housekeeping details: Marcus Johansson remains day-to-day with an ankle bruise and won’t play tonight. He’ll be replaced in the lineup by Drew Stafford, while Steven Santini will step in for Ben Lovejoy. Cory Schneider starts in goal. Some praise for top overall draft pick Nico Hischier, who has five goals and 20 points in his first 29 games: “His ability to be consistently good” for a young player in his first year has been impressive, according to Hynes.

Second, some context. Hynes got his message across multiple times that New Jersey played a “soft and loose” game in a 5-2 loss to the New York Rangers Saturday night at Madison Square Garden.

That was followed by a “hard” practice Monday. Via

“We can’t continue to make the same mistakes and put us in the same bad positions,” goalie Cory Schneider said. “For me, learning on goals and what I can do better and how I can be different. We’ve done a pretty good all year to responding. This weekend, and it kind of creeps back four, five, six games now. We haven’t had our best, and we need a response from everybody.

“Your mentality of, I’m just going to work as hard as I can and make smart decisions and you let the rest of the game happen. You may not win every game. We’ve always talked about the process and we might play great and not win. But we have to get our game back to a respectable level and how we know we can play.”

On Tuesday morning, Hynes spoke with good detail about the team’s identity and how it must play to continue its strong start. He also discussed facing the Kings, and in particular, Drew Doughty, during this snippet of today’s media availability.

“LOL YOUR A KINGS BLOGGER NOT DEVILS BLOGGER LOL,” the Twitter eggs will say, so here’s Jesse Cohen and The Royal Half recapping the previous week of Kings hockey:

Updates from Los Angeles morning skate will follow shortly. Stay tuned, Insiders…

-Lead photo via Andy Marlin/NHLI

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.