Forgive the Toronto media if they’re not exactly up on the Kings. It’s been more than four years since the Kings played here, and as those of you East Coasters can attest to, it’s sometimes hard to get the Kings on TV. So that has led to a few questions, over the past couple days, along the lines of, “What’s going on in L.A.?” (The other questions, in case you’re wondering, are, “How good is Drew Doughty?”)
So here’s what Terry Murray told our friendly neighbors to the north about the Kings’ development this season…
MURRAY: “I love the way the situation is starting to unfold, where you have to respond to pressure. It’s good for our team. It’s good for the growth of the young guys on our hockey club to have to go through it. The response has obviously been good. We had pretty good play, over the 60 minutes, against (Buffalo and Detroit), and the young guys are a very big part of that, logging big minutes in critical situations. As a coach, you talk about it before the game and try to present it the right way, as to what the expectations are, but to have young guys go through and live it, and come out on the other side the right way, for personal growth it’s tremendous.
“I want to keep the bar very high for this team. I don’t know what the top is going to be with this group in particular. It looks pretty good. I really want to see us get into the playoffs, and we’re going to keep pushing toward that. The one area that we seem to slip is, whenever we get back home after a long road trip, we lose that physical and mental intensity, and kind of wait to see how the game is going to unfold. Then we have to turn it on late in the third period to turn things around and, inevitably, the clock runs out sometimes. Again, that’s part of the process of learning how to play the game the right way, as a young group.”