EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- If Los Angeles Kings right wing Jordan Nolan has an extra jump in his step or more snarl Thursday, it will be because his father, Ted, is watching closely.
Nolan will play against his father, coach of the Buffalo Sabres, for the first time in an NHL game when the Kings and Sabres play at Staples Center.
"He's an NHL coach and he's also my dad, but he knows a lot about the game so I'm always trying to impress him, I would say," Jordan Nolan said. "I'm always looking for advice, and whenever he's in the building I push a little harder because I want to make him proud and show him what I got.
"I always seem to work a little harder when he's in the building, so hopefully the night goes well."
Jordan Nolan attended the Buffalo-Anaheim Ducks game Wednesday and the two got in some family time this week. Ted Nolan became Buffalo's coach in March when the organization removed the interim tag he had worn since November 2013. It was a reunion after Ted Nolan coached Buffalo from 1995-97, guiding it to the Northeast Division title and winning the the Jack Adams Award in 1997.
"We never thought this would happen again," Jordan Nolan said. "We always hoped to get another chance. But to do it in Buffalo, it's pretty special for him and for our family to back in that organization. And for myself to be here, it's pretty remarkable."