On the quirkiness, features and differences in playing surfaces around the league:
I think there’s a little bit difference in speed of boards. The ice is pretty same everywhere. Not much difference unless periods go along, but they get to know the glass a little bit and boards. I’m sure we’ve talked to enough guys around the league. Luke Schenn’s played here, so he’d be familiar with it.
On lineup decisions regarding Kevin Gravel:
Nobody’s here yet. Our lineup will be addressed after warm-up. Other than Christian Ehrhoff clearing waivers and being assigned to Ontario, that’s where we are.
On whether Jonathan Quick is still with the team:
Yep. Just take it day-to-day. I know he wants to play, but I think I’ll have to handle that one.
On Quick’s injury not being severe:
He finished the game. He wants to play. Anything more is nobody’s business, including them. Remember what injuries are – day-to-day, IR, long term injury. Anything more is just telling the other team what we’re doing. We’re good at it. I don’t like that.
On Budaj’s standout play in Ontario:
He had a good training camp. It was good to see those older guys that come in without contracts on tryouts, and the league is becoming more and more of that. I think we’ve seen that this season more than ever, and sort of that middle class guy is getting pushed out because of the high-end contracts and the entry-level contracts, so I think you’ll see more of that, and there was a handful in the league who got contracts. Peter had to go down, I believe, on an American League one for a while until he got one, so it was good to see him do well. It tells you there’s still the odd place for that. Obviously with our young goalies, and if you look at the last five years and how many we had, and now our back-ups are older guys, quite honest, so I think it’s a good competition. I have no problem with Peter. I said that in training camp. If Peter Budaj would’ve been on an NHL contract, I’d have no problem with him being on our team, either.
On the Dads Trip:
Yeah, it’s always good, especially when you’re familiar with quite a few of ‘em, and especially when we’ve had a pretty good time together in May and June with some of ‘em. [Reporter: You did it a couple years ago right in the beginning of your Kings tenure, right, when you guys went to Winnipeg with the dads?] Chicago. [Reporter: Was that a good opportunity when you were new to the organization at that time, to get to know those fathers?] I think at that point I was getting to know the players. It was the second game.
On scoring nine goals on Tuesday:
It’s always good to score. I mean, we’ve scored a lot of goals, other than one game the last 10 games. Our goals-for hasn’t been a problem at all. It’s not an issue.