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Kings defenseman Jake Muzzin showing power of late

By in Press Enterprise on February 5, 2018

By Robert Morales

EL SEGUNDO — Defensemen aren’t supposed to average a point per game. But the Kings’ Jake Muzzin has done that – and more – over the past 10 games, contributing 11 points (three goals, eight assists).

All three goals and three of the assists have come with a man advantage.

“Some of the points, obviously, are coming on the power play,” Muzzin said following Monday’s practice. “And that’s just keeping it simple, (by) starting to shoot the puck a little bit more on the power play.

“We’re getting good screens and traffic in front, which is allowing some pucks to find their way through.”

Muzzin, who turns 29 later this month, said he has also been working to take more shots during even-strength play. But there is more to this onslaught. Like a baseball player who is hot at the plate and claims to see a bigger ball, Muzzin might be in the hockey version of that groove.

“Sometimes when your shot’s feeling good, I mean, you’re picking your spots pretty easily and the puck’s going where I’m looking,” he said. “It’s like a golfer, too, the ball’s going where he’s looking.”

Muzzin has six goals and 26 assists this season for 32 points, which is fourth on the team. But he is a defenseman, and he doesn’t forget that.

“I’m not going to get too carried away with it, can’t get too caught up in it,” said Muzzin, who had points in eight consecutive games before the team was shut out Thursday in Nashville; he had a goal and two assists in Saturday’s 6-0 win over Arizona. “But I’m just doing what I can to help the team win and if that’s getting some points here and there. … But our main focus is to keep the puck out of the net.”

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