February 7 postgame quotes: Darryl Sutter - LA Kings Insider

On what he attributes the drop-off in faceoff success to:
“Well, when they score goals on you, then you dwell on it. Tonight [had] two faceoff goals. Kopi’s usually so good on his backhand there, and the first goal they score, he loses a draw, and Robby and Drew both don’t have coverage. It’s an easy play to cover. And then the biggest part of killing penalties – I’ve always said that – is goalie and faceoff, and Jaret loses it clean. What’s it attributed to? You’ve got to ask the guys. You don’t coach faceoffs. Those guys are veteran guys who know who they’re playing against…Every time we play Nashville, it’s a huge stat, always. I mean, they’ve got three guys that are veteran guys, and they’re big guys and they’re strong guys, and…obviously they do a better job at it when we play them than we do [against them].”

On Nashville’s style of play:
“You’ve got to work to the inside against them to get anything offensively…They’re strong guys, and they’re really good defenders. Shea plays so much that at home he’s getting at home against Kopitar every time, and that’s what they did tonight. And then they put Blum and Ellis back in, and it gives them mobility. When you just do it on a straight matchup thing, they’re clearly better as a…seven man [defensive] unit. They were clearly better [with] seven than we were [with] six.”

On whether Drew Doughty is “pressing”:
“No, I just don’t think he’s good enough early in games. That’s not pressing. We expect a lot out of him. He and his partner are on the ice for too many goals against.”

On whether Friday’s recovery day comes at the right time:
“I don’t think so. It’s good to give ‘em a break. It’s what every team wants. Get a day off, it helps some guys that are banged up a little bit.”

On what makes Nashville difficult to score against:
“Well, their last four games – shootout win, shootout win, 6-1 win, 3-0 win. You know what? [If] you don’t give up much, and you’ve got great goaltending, it gives [you] a chance to win.”

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Adrian Kempe

#9 | 6′ 2″ | 195 lb | Age: 21

Born: September 13, 1996
Birthplace: Kramfors, SWE
Position: LW
Handedness: Left


Kempe was selected by the Kings in the first round (29th overall) in the 2014 NHL Draft.

Alex Iafallo

#19 | 6′ | 185 lb | Age: 23

Born: December 21, 1993
Birthplace: Eden, NY, USA
Position: C
Handedness: Left


Iafallo was signed by the Kings as an unrestricted free agent on April 18, 2017.

Anze Kopitar

#11 | 6′ 3″ | 224 lb | Age: 29

Born: August 24, 1987
Birthplace: Jesenice, SVN
Position: C
Handedness: Left


As the 11th overall pick in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft, Kopitar became the first Slovenian to play in the NHL. Kopitar has spent his entire NHL career with the Kings, and following the 2015–16 season, was named the Kings’ captain. Noted for both his offensive and defensive play, Kopitar was awarded the Frank J. Selke Trophy as the best defensive forward in the NHL in 2016.

Drew Doughty

#8 | 6′ 1″ | 195 lb | Age: 26

Born: December 8, 1989
Birthplace: London, ON, CAN
Position: D
Handedness: Right


Bio: Doughty is a Canadian defenceman who was selected second overall by the Kings in the 2008 Draft. Doughty made his NHL debut in 2008 as an 18-year-old and was named to the All-Rookie Team. He is a two-time Stanley Cup champion with the Kings, a two-time Olympic gold medallist with the Canadian national team, and a Norris Trophy finalist.

Jeff Carter

#77 | 6′ 4″ | 215 lb | Age: 31

Born: January 1, 1985
Birthplace: London, ON, CAN
Position: C
Handedness: Right


Carter began his hockey career playing in the Ontario Hockey League in Canada before joining the AHL and playing for the Philadelphia Flyers. He was then traded to the Colombus Blue jackets before joining the LA Kings in 2012, where he has since won two Stanley Cups with the Kings.

Jonathan Quick

#32 | 6′ 1″ | 218 lb | Age: 30

Born: January 21, 1986
Birthplace: Milford, CT, USA
Position: G
Handedness: Left


Bio: Quick is the current goaltender for the LA Kings and was selected by Los Angeles at the 2005 NHL Entry Draft. Previously, Quick was a silver medalist with USA at the 2010 Winter Olympics. He’s won two Stanley Cup championships with the Kings, along with being the most recent goaltender to be awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy as the Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the 2012 Stanley Cup playoffs.