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Kings’ Williams expects ‘dirtier’ play from top players

Oct 11, 2013, 2:06 PM EST

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After four up-and-down games, the Los Angeles Kings expect more from Anze Kopitar and their top line, so winger Justin Williams suggests that they add a little sandpaper.

“I’ve talked to Kopi [about] our 5-on-5 play, and we’re just going to get a little bit dirtier,” Williams said to LA Kings Insider’s Jon Rosen on Friday. “Play ourselves like grinders.”

(Hope you already had lunch today.)

The Kings are set to face Williams’ former team (/ex-girlfriends?) the Carolina Hurricanes tonight.

Kopitar’s four assists aren’t anything to sneeze at, but perhaps he’ll need to “get to the dirty areas” to score his first goal of the 2013-14 campaign (he’s 0 for 10 shots so far). Kopitar, Dustin Brown (two goals) and Williams (one goal) have fewer goals than Jeff Carter‘s team-leading four, and only seven Kings have found the net, so it’s obvious that L.A. leans heavily on its top-six forwards.

Williams isn’t the only person asking for more elbow grease from talented players.

Slava slacking off?

Head coach Darryl Sutter was critical of defenseman Slava Voynov‘s offseason efforts.

“He could’ve done more work this summer, and he’s going to have to do some more work to get his minutes back,” Sutter said.

Voynov, 23, is indeed averaging less ice time this season (20:11 per game) than in 2013 (22:18), something that was especially evident when he received less than 17 minutes of time against the Ottawa Senators on Wednesday. It’s tough to argue with Sutter when you look at Voynov’s numbers: zero goals, one assist, just five shots on goal and a -2 rating in four contests.

Simply put, the Kings need consistent production from Voynov after signing him to a hefty contract extension.

No one’s really bashing Jonathan Quick‘s work just yet, but the Kings could definitely use some steadier play from their franchise goalie, too.

  1. thailer35 - Oct 11, 2013 at 2:45 PM

    Asking Kings players to be dirtier is like asking water to be wetter. Zing!

    • ibieiniid - Oct 11, 2013 at 2:54 PM

      you aren’t supposed to zing your own jokes…… so i’ll do it for you:

      Zing!

  2. surfoside4life - Oct 11, 2013 at 3:25 PM

    Colin Fraser – worthless/washed up
    Jordan Nolan – even more worthless
    Matt Frattin – terrible
    Jarrett Stoll – washed up
    Dwight King – sloth
    Every defenseman except Greene and Mitchell – all suck
    Jonathan Quick – not what he used to be
    Justin Williams – you’re garbage too so I don’t know why you’re the one talking
    Anze Kopitar – baby who is scared to get injured
    Mike Richards – (see kopitar)

    • thailer35 - Oct 11, 2013 at 3:33 PM

      You forgot Brown, who will be sitting out of the upcoming Olympic games to focus on making the summer games in two years on the diving team.

      I can’t resist. Zing!

      • surfoside4life - Oct 11, 2013 at 5:02 PM

        was that supposed to be funny? or relevent? or true? because it was definitely none of the 3.

      • thailer35 - Oct 11, 2013 at 6:40 PM

        I think you mean relevant.

    • blomfeld - Oct 11, 2013 at 11:28 PM

      Surfoside4life – Friend, while I understand you for being a King’s fan, please nonetheless refrain from saying hurtful things like “Jonathan Quick is not what he used to be” or “every defense man except Greene and Mitchell all suck”. Granted, things have been ‘disappointing’ for us thus far. But never forget that we King’s fans are ‘unique’ from the hordes of followers of other teams, in that come hell or high water, we will ‘never’ turn on our own !

      GO KINGS GO !!! … TODAY, TOMORROW AND FOREVER !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • slysipops - Oct 12, 2013 at 7:41 PM

        looks like some are doing it already BLOMS!

    • bauxjangles - Oct 12, 2013 at 1:05 AM

      How did Fraser, King and Nolan make the list? The team isn’t exactly relying on them to begin with. And “not what he used to be” for Quick? That doesn’t even make sense, nor sound like an insult. At best, you are uninformed. And sound like you have a personal vendetta against Williams.

      P.S. Mitchell sucks

  3. slysipops - Oct 11, 2013 at 7:58 PM

  4. blomfeld - Oct 11, 2013 at 11:12 PM

    Slysipops and other ‘assorted’ friends …

    Yes we prevailed tonight there in the Carolinas, however the fact remains that we still haven’t one a single game yet in regulation time ? … not to mention the fact that every one of our three victories thus far have been thanks ‘solely’ to Jeff Carter in extra time. The bottom line friends is that the ‘frustration’ being voiced here by Williams is valid and completely understandable, much like that of Richards only only a few days before. We’re ‘not’ playing to our true potential and we’re ‘not’ being true to ourselves. So let’s give our heads a shake here eh ? We’re the Los Angeles Kings, reigning Stanley Cup Champions from the last ‘complete’ 82 x game season played and therefore the ‘greatest’ ice hockey team in the free world today ! Now more than ever is the time for us to cast aside any doubt and finally get going. We’re heading for the high ground yet again this year and positively ‘nothing’ is going to stop us !

    GO KINGS GO !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :) :) :) :) :)

    • slysipops - Oct 12, 2013 at 7:48 PM

      COMEON BLOMFELD ,your a much better guy than to play that 82 game season stuff ! look at the WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS and the OLYMPICS . the season is what it is for all the teams. please don’t start sounding like a CUBS or NOTRE DAME fan ! have a great day buddy….YOURS ‘TIL THE U.S. DRINKS CANADA DRY ! ……your pal slysipops

      • blomfeld - Oct 12, 2013 at 11:00 PM

        I know man, take it easy …

        Friend, I use the ’82 game’ line merely to hit back at my assorted electronic detractors … ‘poke ‘em in the eye’ as Lord Horatio Nelson once said. Of course the Blackhawks are the reigning SC Champions and the undisputed ‘best’ hockey team in the free world today. But while saying that, be aware that we Kings are now ‘reforming’ in preparation for another assault on the high ground which ‘you’ people currently hold. And as sure as the sun will rise tomorrow, we’re going to take that high ground with zeal, conviction and aplomb … make no mistake about it ! :)

        GO KINGS GO !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

        ps: by the way … ‘cheers’ man ! :)

    • slysipops - Oct 13, 2013 at 8:54 PM

      alright buddy, no serious implications taken here ! without compitant competition and worthy advisaries a championship would be meaningless ! being from CHI-TOWN ,i once was a BEARS fan also. their complete slaughter in the SUPERBOWL over the PATS and the idiocies that went on afterward with shuffle videos and contract hogishness took me away from being a BEARS fan and watching the NFL altogether !

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