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ROYAL ROAD REPORT: DREWISKE DEBUTS

by Staff Writer / Los Angeles Kings
After a win in Ottawa, the Kings arrived in another Nation’s Capital, Washington, D.C., where they will face the hot Capitals tomorrow night. The team practiced at 1 p.m. local time for about an hour at Kettler Capitals Iceplex.

The teams will meet tomorrow at 4 p.m. PT at Verizon Center.

LINES STAY IN TACT; MOLLER CLOSE
Anze Kopitar centered the Kings top line line with Alexander Frolov and Patrick O'Sullivan, the CBS line of Kyle Calder, Jarret Stoll and Dustin Brown skated together, as did the line of Brad Richardson, Michal Handzus and Wayne Simmonds, the line that scored the lone goal last night in the Kings 1-0 win at Ottawa.

John Zeiler, who was out of last night’s game in Ottawa, lined with Derek Armstrong and Raitis Ivanans.

Injured forward Oscar Moller was skating with the team and wore the fourth-line jersey, though he did not play with that line in 3-on-2 and breakout drills.

On defense, the pairs of Jack Johnson-Matt Greene, Sean O’Donnell-Drew Doughty and Kyle Quincey-Davis Drewiske remained intact. Peter Harrold was back in the defensive sweater after playing forward last night, pairing with suspended blueliner Denis Gauthier.

Tom Preissing did not skate as he has returned to LA and has been battling an undisclosed illness.

DAVIS' DEBUT
Davis Drewiske made his NHL debut last night, logging 10:15 of ice time. He talked about making his NHL debut after practice.

"I’m glad that we got a win. We grinded one out, you know it’s a big two points for the club," the rookie defenseman said. "But I just try and do my part – no more, no less."

Drewiske became the sixth King to make his NHL debut this season, joining the likes of Doughty, Moller and Simmonds, who made their debuts on Oct. 11, after making the squad out of camp. Trevor Lewis made his NHL debut on Dec. 19 at Buffalo, while Kevin Westgarth appeared in his first NHL contest on Jan. 20 at Minnesota.

On having his debut come in a win:
"Absolutely [it’s better]. No matter how I play, if the team wins that’s a positive. So I’m excited about that."

On the speed of the NHL game:
"At times I think it can be a little esier because the communication can be that much higher and guys are in the right place all the time. But then at the same time the transitions are that much quicker. If there’s a mistake guys are better one-on-one so there’s a little of both."

On how long he hopes to stay with at the NHL level:

"As long as they need me. I’ll do what I’m asked and play hard and be responsible defensively."

HELPING OUT
Kings forward Wayne Simmonds will join the Capitals’ Donald Brashear and Nicklas Backstrom as well as Willie O'Ree, the NHL's first black player, in visiting the Fort Dupont Ice Hockey Club. Located in Southeast Washington D.C., it is the nation’s oldest minority youth hockey program. The event coincides with Hockey is for Everyone Month, the NHL’s diversity initiative.

"I always want to give back and I think it’s a good thing that we’re doing it," Simmonds said. "It’s always good to support the cause and help out the little kids."

Compiled by John Gregory and LAKings.com

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