The Kings enter Thursday night coming off a 1-0 win over the Ottawa Senators and new coach Cory Clouston. Alex Ovechkin and the Caps put an unceremonious end to Craig Hartsburg’s tenure with the Senators on Sunday with a 7-5 victory.
This Los Angeles team is fun to watch. Thanks to one of the greatest Internet inventions ever (Gamecenter on NHL.com), I’ve seen a fair share of Kings games this year – from Jason LaBarbera to Erik Ersberg to the current Jonathan Quick era. Quick is one of the Kings’ TWO stud goaltending prospects, along with the raw Jonathan Bernier, who is playing in Manchester.
Speaking of Manchester, here’s what Caps coach Bruce Boudreau had to say about his former team earlier in the day:
“I sort of keep an eye on how they’re doing,” Boudreau said. “Both in Manchester and in L.A.— even though they’ve gone through multitudes of transactions from the office staff to the players, you keep in touch and see how they’re doing.”
When Boudreau was with the Monarchs, he got to coach current Kings captain Dustin Brown. Brown, the Kings’ representative at the All-Star Game, is one of those gritty, hard-working players who teammates would skate to death for. Having him wearing the “C” doesn’t hurt.
“I had Dustin Brown, and that’s probably as good as you’re going to get,” Boudreau said. “We loved him in Manchester, and he’s turned out to be exactly what we thought he would be. He’s a fabulous player.”
Brown has 20 goals and 18 assists this season, tied for the team lead in points.
The other interesting guy on this team is defenseman Kyle Quincey. Quincey is a product of the Detroit Red Wings’ ridiculous depth … everywhere. Detroit had too many defenseman after training camp and put Quincey on waivers to try and get him to Grand Rapids of the American Hockey League.
The Kings picked him up, and all he has done is lead Los Angeles in ice time while recording three goals and 24 assists.