Willie Mitchell takes PK criticism from Kings coach Darryl Sutter in stride

After he watched the Kings give up two power-play goals in the first period Saturday against the Nashville Predators, after he saw their penalty-killing unit surrender at least one goal for the six consecutive game, coach Darryl Sutter decided to say something.

Sutter singled out Matt Greene and Willie Mitchell, two veteran defensemen, for criticism. Sutter essentially said the two did nothing to aid the Kings while they were shorthanded during the first period of a 4-3 loss to the Predators.

“Just thinking about the two goals, (Willie) Mitchell is supposed to be a good penalty-killer and he lets Legwand walk off the wall and shoot it and the second one (Matt) Greene and Willie are supposed to be good penalty-killers and they both did nothing,” Sutter said after Saturday’s game.

“Obviously, we got to look at who we’re using on our penalty kill,” Sutter added.

“That’s Darryl being Darryl,” Mitchell said when asked about Sutter’s comments after Wednesday’s practice in El Segundo.

Mitchell smiled when he spoke.

Clearly, he’s used to the coach’s public criticism by now.


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