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Kings Notebook (Oct. 9)

by Thomas LaRocca / Los Angeles Kings
Rob Scuderi was presented with his Stanley Cup Ring for defeating the Red Wings in seven games last year with the Penguins.

The Kings had practice Friday from 11-11:30 before boarding a 1 p.m. flight to St. Louis, the first of the Kings season-high six-game road trip through St. Louis, New York (Islanders and Rangers), Detroit, Columbus and Dallas.

The Kings will return home after their 5:30 p.m. (PT) contest with the Stars on Oct. 19 and have a day off on Oct. 20, the 10-year anniversary of the Kings first-ever game at STAPLES Center, a 2-2 tie with the Boston Bruins in 1999.

Head coach Terry Murray spoke about how getting out on the road can help bring a team together.

"We are getting out on the road for the first time bringing everyone together," Murray said. "Just getting to know each other and the new guys, getting to know them by hanging out and doing things on the road. I feel when you play on the road early in the season it helps to solidify things a little faster. You know you are playing in enemy territory, the advantage/disadvantages of being the visiting team is pretty clear in this business.

"You have to be ready to go every night , bring you’re "A" game every shift and it’s a good challenge for us."

A challenge indeed. The Kings finished 16-22-3 on the road last season, with the 16 wins better than only the Colorado Avalanche and Phoenix Coyotes in the highly competitive Western Conference. In fact, of the Kings last 18 road games in 2008-09, the Kings posted a 3-12-3 mark, which erased much of the good will generated by a 9-2-1 road stretch from Dec. 23-Feb. 18, which included a five-game road winning streak from Feb. 3-18.

Anze Kopitar led the club with 26 points on the road (11-15=26), while Alexander Frolov paced the club with 15 goals on the road.

"Kopitar is going to be getting a lot of ice time with his line out there and he is going to get the best checking line and the best defensmen against him," Murray said. "That’s a part of the maturity process to be able to battle through and find a way to get the job done."

After the Kings 6-3 win over the Wild on Thursday night, Penguins minority owner Ron Burkle presented Rob Scuderi with his Stanley Cup ring.

"They did a real nice job," Scuderi said of the ring. "It’s tough to sum up a season on a ring, but I thought they did a real nice job.

Originally, Scuderi was slated to receive the ring on Nov. 5 when the Pens travel to Los Angeles to play the Kings. But Burkle, who is a Southern California native was able to get the ring to Scudrei a month earlier.

When asked about the the look of the ring, Scuderi said "It was quite obnoxious, but in a good way."

Scuderi was originally drafted by the Penguins and played the first 300 games of his career scoring 3-36=39 with a plus-112 rating. He added 49 post season games, scoring 1-7=8 with a plus-9 rating, pairing with Hal Gill to form the Penguins shutdown duo on the blue line.

Scuderi, who signed with the Kings on July 2, has an assist and an even rating in three games with LA.

"The goal of everyone in here is to get one," Scuderi said of his ring, "So I don’t think much needs to be said."

Rich Clune participated in a full practice and was assigned to Manchester this afternoon...more

"I feel very strong and I am eager to get back into the game," Clune said. "I am playing at Manchester on Saturday and Sunday and we’ll go from there. They want to see how it holds up in games, that will be much better than practicing.

"They want to see me get some ice time."

Clune, who injured his groin in Las Vegas during the Kings-Avalanche match up on Sept. 26, has not appeared in an NHL game after finishing the 2007-08 season with Manchester, scoring 3-6=9 and 87 PIMs in 35 games.

Matt Greene Rob Scuderi, Ryan Smyth, Drew Doughty and Jack Johnson will be in-studio guests on NHL Live! in New York on Tuesday, October 13, between 7–7:45 a.m. (PT). Hear the interview on the NHL Network as NHL Live! originates from the NHL/Sirius XM studio inside the NHL Powered By Reebok retail location in New York City. It can be heard Monday through Friday on NHL Home Ice (XM 204 and Sirius 208 in the U.S.) and The two-hour daily program (9 - 11 a.m. PT) is hosted by Don La Greca, Rob Simpson, Deb Placey and Sam Rosen on a rotating basis with analysts E.J. Hradek, Billy Jaffe, Bill Clement, Jim Dowd, Joe Micheletti and other notable names from the world of hockey. Weekly contributors for this season include Mike Milbury, Bob McKenzie, Kevin Allen, Jay Feaster and Eddie Olczyk.

Dustin Brown, Matt Greene and Rob Scuderi will be appearing at the NHL Store in New York City on Tuesday, October 13, from 9:30-10 a.m. (ET). They, along with Kings mascot Bailey, will be reading Z is for Zamboni to children from ASHA (American Special Hockey Association). These are children with physical and developmental disabilities (downs syndrome and severe autism). For more information on the children, click here.
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