This time, the tough message wasn't aimed at struggling forward Dustin Penner. Instead, Kings Coach Darryl Sutter directed it at his star players, captain Dustin Brown and Anze Kopitar, calling out the duo.

"These guys talk too much about the team," Sutter said Monday after practice. "They should talk more about themselves. What they bring to the table. If they were in any other environment, there'd be ..."

Sutter explained the rest of his thought.

"In terms of the responsibility that they have, in terms of their production," he said, "… Kopi and Brownie have been stale — from my standpoint — for a little while, together."