Hey, defenseman Jake Muzzin, welcome to L.A. Kings coach Darryl Sutter’s doghouse

Kings coach Darryl Sutter called out Jake Muzzin after Thursday’s 4-3 loss to the New York Rangers, saying after the defenseman played a season-low 17 minutes, 26 seconds, including a scant 3:31 in the third period, “He refused to check. You don’t get played for what you did last year or last week or somewhere else. It’s how you’re playing tonight.”

Muzzin didn’t wish to address Sutter’s concerns after Friday’s practice, but he did say, “They had some speed out wide, but I thought we did a good job of keeping them outside. We need to do a better job of taking the body on the rush. We’re giving up too many Grade A scoring chances. Too many shots from the middle of the ice. We’ve got to get early position on them. We can’t let them get there. That starts from winning a puck in the corner and beating them back to the front of the net and getting position on guys coming from the corner to the front of the net.”

 

 

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