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Brown: Kings must get back to being hungry team

Tuesday, 12.13.2011 / 12:46 PM

By Matt Kalman - NHL.com Correspondent / At the Rink blog

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Brown: Kings must get back to being hungry team
BOSTON -- It's been less than 24 hours since the Los Angeles Kings decided to make a coaching change by firing Terry Murray and replacing him on an interim basis with assistant John Stevens.

There hasn't been much of an opportunity for the slumping Kings, who are the League's lowest-scoring team and have lost four in a row, to make major changes to their approach to the game. So captain Dustin Brown says it's more about him and his teammates having a better mental outlook when they take the ice against the Boston Bruins tonight and going forward.

"In regards to how we play the game, I think it's more about our attitude. Honestly," Brown said after his team's morning skate at the TD Garden. "The difference, the parity in the NHL now, especially in the West. Teams are so close. It's more about the type of attitude we bring to the game and we have to have a better, more hungry attitude. We weren't a hungry team and we've got to get back to getting on the puck and having that attitude, that swagger. You look around at the top teams in the League, they all have an attitude.

"Minnesota's probably a good example of that. I don't think if you look on paper you'd think they're the best team in the League. But right now they're playing with attitude and we as a team, as a group of players, have to find that attitude."

Stevena said not to expect "wholesale changes" to the Kings' lineup tonight, so they'll probably go with the lineup they practiced with yesterday:

KINGS
Simon Gagne - Anze Kopitar - Dustin Penner
Dustin Brown - Jarret Stoll - Justin Williams
Brad Richardson - Andrei Loktionov - Trent Hunter
Kyle Clifford - Colin Fraser - Trevor Lewis/Kevin Westgarth

Rob Scuderi - Drew Doughty
Willie Mitchell  - Slava Voynov
Jack Johnson - Matt Greene

Jonathan Quick
Jonathan Bernier

The extras on defense are Alec Martinez and Davis Drewiske.

Quote of the Day

There was a lot of talk off the ice. From a player's standpoint, that's not the talk in the room. GMs make decisions, coaches make decisions, but as a team you have to come together and be ready to go, and we are.

— San Jose Sharks forward Tommy Wingels on his team's approach entering training camp