The time in between games at Detroit on Saturday night and Columbus on Tuesday night have given Kings video coordinator Ryan Colville a chance to catch up in a town that he just recently left.
“It’s fun,” Colville said, “I’ve got my family in town. I go and get to see my friends and seeing campus again and to see Ohio Stadium.”
Colville, a 2008 graduate of Ohio State University, is in charge of preparing game footage, pre-scout tapes and recording out-of-town games for the Kings coaching staff.
“I interviewed with (Vice President/Assistant General Manager) Ron Hextall and I got the job late in training camp,” Colville said. “I just wanted to get a job in the NHL.”
As an intern, Colville helped Blue Jackets video coordinator Dan Singleton with preparing tapes for the Blue Jackets staff. Now, Colville is the head of the Kings video department.
“The biggest memory is my first job in the NHL,” Colville said. “First job with video. I got to work with a lot of great people. When (Ken) Hitchcock was hired, it was a big thrill because I grew up watching his teams.”
A native of Toronto, Colville attended OSU, a school that his family attended. While in school, he got his first chance to work with a professional team as he got on with the Arena Football League’s Columbus Destroyers.
“I got that job through my uncle,” Colville said. “(The Destroyers) play at Nationwide (Arena). So while I was here, the next season, I called Columbus and I got the job.”
Colville, however, returns to Columbus with temperatures dropping into single digits and the AFL taking a year off.
KINGS HOME/ROAD SPLITS
WHO GETS THE NOD?
Coach Terry Murray said rookie Jonathan Quick will start in goal for the Kings Tuesday night when the Kings finish up their three-game road trip against the Columbus Blue Jackets.
“Coming in and (starting) his first game against the Detroit Red Wings in Detroit is a very nerve-wracking thing," Murray said. "I thought he handled it well with pretty good composure.”
Although his Goals Against Average (4.68) does not reflect Quick’s play, Murray said he likes what Quick brings to the game.
“It will be a good test for him tomorrow in Columbus,” Murray said.
CHANGES ON DEFENSE
With the Kings having surrendered 12 goals over the last two games, the last two days of practice were focused on neutralizing opponents’ rushes at the net.
“In the last three or four games,” Murray said, “we’ve had a few too many rushes coming at us that end up as shots on net and scoring chances.”
One change in particular in the defensive rotation might involve defensemen Kyle Quincey and Drew Doughty.
“The Quincey-Doughty pair worked well for a while in the last couple of games,” Murray said. “We’re going to relook at some of the pairings.”
KOPI ON LOOSE CANNONS
Kings center Anze Kopitar appeard as a guest on the Loose Cannons radio show today 2:15 pm PST. Among other things, he spoke about the Kings Collector Puck Series, which debuts with the Kopitar puck on Fri., Dec. 26. The Loose Cannons radio show airs Mon.-Fri. on AM 570 KLAC. Kopitar on Loose Cannons
UPDATE FROM MANCHESTER
The Monarchs are currently on a four-game losing streak which ties for the franchise’s longest losing streak...Defenseman Viatcheslav Voynov (4-8=12) leads Monarchs blueliners and ranks fifth overall with 12 points. The defenseman was reassigned by Los Angeles to Team Russia on December 18 to participate in the World Junior Championships...check out those notes and more on this week's Monarchs Report, available every Monday on LAKings.com.
Notebook compiled by Mike Kalinowski, Cody Leist and LAKings.com