Stevens on home vs road, roster options - LA Kings Insider

On how the team seems to play better on the road and how it can improve at home:
To be honest the last game we lost at home was a bit of slugfest, tight-checking game, so it’s not as if guys weren’t ready to play. I thought they did a really good job of being prepared to play and I think that’s the whole key. Your preparation does change at home little bit. You have other responsibilities when you’re at home. Guys have families, guys have to fend for themselves a little more for meals and that type of thing. Your preparation changes in terms of your routine a little bit but at the same time individual preparation with being ready to play is important but we had a really good start at the beginning of the year at home. We went on the road and played well and then we had a little bit of a slip at home there for our home stretch, but we took care of business before we went on that last road-trip with a couple of wins at home and now we’ve got a big stretch of home games the rest of the year and we have to really make sure we take care of business at home, just being prepared to play quite honestly.

On if Tobias Rieder and Jeff Carter allow the Kings to have more options with their bottom-six forwards:
We feel like we have good depth here it’s just figuring out what works. I think we have a lot of options. I think we have a lot of centermen that can play wing so we’re not exactly sure how that all falls out but we’ve had the ability to move people around all year and it has helped us. I think guys are comfortable, whether it’s in-game or game-to-game, we’ve changed our look a little bit and guys have performed well, so I think added depth is only going to help us. I wouldn’t say it’s just your bottom-six. I mean we’re not sure where everything lays out right now but what we do know is we need continuity and consistency from all four lines. If you look at the way teams are playing, the pace that teams play at in order to keep up with that pace, shift length has got to be an issue and you need everybody to be able to maintain that kind of pace, especially with the schedule the way it is.

On if it’s a challenge looking at the roster, seeing changes and knowing there could be more (with the trade deadline) in the next few days:
Well we don’t look past now to be honest with you, but it’s always going to change. You have to try and figure out what lines work best based on the teams you’re playing. You’re always going to try and factor in special teams and you’re always going to try and keep guys ready that aren’t playing. We got some guys that are out of the lineup right now just because we can only dress 20 guys and those guys have played well. We make sure we communicate that with the players, make sure that they get the work they need to stay ready (so) when they come in they can help us. But we’ve had a pretty good mindset all year of ‘next man up’ and whoever is in is ready to play and can help us and I think this group’s got a really good grasp on that.

Lead photo via Adam Pantozzi/NHLI

Rules for Blog Commenting
  • - No profanity, slurs or other offensive language. Replacing letters with symbols does not turn expletives into non-expletives.
  • - Personal attacks against other blog commenters, and/or blatant attempts to antagonize other commenters, are not tolerated. Respectful disagreement is encouraged. Posts that continually express the same singular opinion will be deleted.
  • - Comments that incite political, religious or similar debates will be deleted.
  • - Please do not discuss, or post links to, websites that illegally stream NHL games.
  • - Posting under multiple user names is not allowed. Do not type in all caps. All violations are subject to comment deletion and/or banning of commenters, per the discretion of the blog administrator.
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.