Morning skate, October 23
October 23, 2014 11:43 am

October 23 morning skate notes

Notes from the morning skate in advance of Thursday’s game against the Buffalo Sabres at Staples Center: -Jeff Carter did not skate. Reporters covering the skate acted under the premise that he was likely taking a morning off, and that intuition proved to be correct. Darryl Sutter confirmed that today’s skate was “optional.” No news here. -Marian Gaborik did not skate, though he was visible around the team’s facility. Unless ...

October 23, 2014 8:30 am

Tonight: #kingsfcancer

The Kings are inviting you to support #kingsfcancer for tonight’s game against the Buffalo Sabres. There are several ways you’ll be able to participate in initiatives aimed at raising funds, support and awareness for cancer related charitable organizations: -View and bid on autographed #kingsfcancer jerseys exclusively produced and worn during warm-ups on October 23, 2014. To participate in the auction, text KINGS to 52182, visit or by going to ...

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October 22, 2014 4:50 pm

Evolving usage for McNabb, who faces his former team

With the Kings facing personnel decisions during the time it took Jake Muzzin’s upper-body injury to heal and in the aftermath of Slava Voynov’s indefinite suspension, the importance of Brayden McNabb’s acquisition at last season’s trading deadline has been reinforced. Averaging 17:21 of ice time through the first six games of the season, McNabb opened the year by playing alongside Drew Doughty, and if today’s defensive pairings will continue tomorrow, ...

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October 22, 2014 3:21 pm

Jordan, Ted Nolan to face each other for first time

When the Kings passed through Buffalo a season ago, the Sabres were in the process of cutting ties with coach Ron Rolston and hiring Ted Nolan, Jordan Nolan’s father. There was actually quite a bit of activity on the ground floor of the First Niagara Center last November 13, with Darryl Sutter answering questions about Jonathan Quick (who had suffered a groin injury the night before), and the Sabres preparing ...

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October 22, 2014 1:40 pm

October 22 practice quotes: Darryl Sutter

On what aspects of Brayden McNabb’s game provide him comfort when aligning McNabb alongside two different defensemen in Matt Greene and Drew Doughty: Well, we moved him with Greene because Jake is more comfortable with Drew than Brayden would be. And as you go deeper into the season, it’s not training camp when you’re just rolling four lines, especially when you’re playing higher powered teams. Sometimes you don’t want to ...

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October 22, 2014 12:53 pm

Muzzin set to return Thursday

Jake Muzzin has been cleared to return to the Los Angeles Kings and should be expected to be in the lineup for Thursday’s home game against the Buffalo Sabres. “I’m good to go. We got cleared, and I’m excited for tomorrow night,” Muzzin said. The prognosis on his upper-body injury was that he would need three weeks to recover. Tomorrow’s game comes three weeks to the day that he suffered ...

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October 22, 2014 10:33 am

Lawyer: “there was no crime here,” per report; notes

Good morning from the Toyota Sports Center, where the Kings are practicing in advance of Thursday’s game against the Buffalo Sabres. Per the color coded jerseys at today’s practice, it is possible that we could see some adjusted lines during tomorrow’s game. More on those lines below. First, Slava Voynov’s lawyer, Craig Renetzky, spoke with Ken Campbell of The Hockey News and said “it’s clear to me there was no ...

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