Kings coach Darryl Sutter said he is concerned about the lackluster play of defenseman Jake Muzzin, who scored their only goal in a 3-1 loss Monday to the New York Rangers. Muzzin did not have a good game controlling the puck or keeping opposing stickhandlers out of threatening positions, however. He also had plenty of turnovers, which prompted a reporter to bring up Muzzin’s poor play after Tuesday’s practice.
“He’s struggling a lot,” Sutter said. “Went through it last year. He’s a young defenseman. There’s a lot of pressure on him. You saw it in the playoffs last year. He was a healthy scratch. We’re going through that same thing again. You’re not going to win many games if you’re a guy who’s playing significant minutes and you’re a high minus player.”
Muzzin has a team-worst plus/minus defensive rating of minus-5 through three games.