Yesterday, in this blog item, Darryl Sutter gave his thoughts on the last two No. 1 goalies he has coached, Calgary’s Miikka Kiprusoff and the Kings’ Jonathan Quick. After today’s morning skate, Flames coach Brent Sutter was asked about the two goalies and their relative importance to their teams. Not surprisingly, it will be Quick vs. Kiprusoff in goal tonight, with a playoff spot potentially at stake for the winner. Quick enters with 32 wins, a 1.96 goals-against average and a .929 save percentage. Kiprusoff enters with 34 wins, a 2.35 goals-against average and a .921 save percentage.
BRENT SUTTER: “For both of these hockey teams, it’s such a huge position. When you look at what Kipper has done for us this year, and for this organization in the past, and you look at how Quick has played in L.A. and how he has developed and what he has brought to that hockey team, it tells you that your teams start with your goaltender on out, and that’s the way these two teams are made up. Our best player is our goaltender, and so is theirs. That’s really it, at the end of the day.’’