February 13 practice quotes: Darryl Sutter - LA Kings Insider

On the road trip:
We obviously weren’t very good in Anaheim. Played well in Columbus. Deserved to win. Nashville – couldn’t generate anything against them because they’re a really good defensive team. We didn’t get much. Played really well in Detroit. Deserved better. Didn’t get the goaltending. Played really well our last night…We’ve got a really young defense, and we’ve got to try and work with them…[on] how we want them to play. It’s not easy.”

On Drew Doughty’s struggles, and whether it’s reflective of the team’s defensive issues:
“No. He has to clearly play better in his own zone. That’s not really a surprise. When your team’s only giving up three or four more goals in terms of for and against, and you have two or three players that are significantly on for more, that’s not a team issue.”

On what he’s “urging” Doughty to do:
“[I’m] not ‘urging’. He’s a young defenseman, so what’s changed? He’s got a lot to learn. It’s no different than all the rest of them. Our oldest defenseman is Scuderi, who is supposed to be a really good defensive player, and the next older is Drewiske, who is 28 and learning how to play, and the other guys are all kids. Don’t single Drew Doughty out. I mean, he’s a young player. He’s got a lot to learn. He’s put in a different situation this year than he has been in any other point in his career.”

On whether he’s “trusting” Slava Voynov a lot more:
“It’s not really trust. We need those guys to play well. There’s not a helicopter dropping in four more defensemen that I see. These guys have been given an opportunity. Whether they can fulfill that prophecy or not, we’re finding out. “

On Keaton Ellerby’s pairing with Doughty:
“What difference does it make who he’s paired with? Quite honest, if you watch the games, one guy plays the power play. One guy plays penalty killing. Last game we played with five defensemen, [and] that was his second game, so I wouldn’t say he was ‘paired with Doughty.’ I think that he was better on the left side than the right side because he’s a left shot, and we’ll work with him. It’s not a drastic change for Keaton, quite honest. In the system, there are little things that he has to adjust to. It’s an adjustment for change of conference. Obviously, he hasn’t played much against these teams out here, so he doesn’t know the players very well. It’s good that we’ve got three or four days to work with him to get him into some more of the system things that we want him to do. He’s a big guy and he skates well, and hopefully that can help our defense.”

On Ellerby switching conferences:
“He’s got a lot to learn. He’s a kid that hasn’t played much. We’re not talking about a player that anybody is familiar with. Quite honest, we’re talking about a player that hasn’t played much in the NHL. It’s no different than three or four of our guys. You know what? They’ve got a lot to learn, and…it’s our responsibility to help him adjust to the Western Conference, obviously, but he’s got an adjustment to make to become a full-time NHL player.”

On whether Jonathan Quick will start versus Columbus on Friday:
“We haven’t thought about it. I haven’t gotten there. Bernie’s coming off a strong game, and…it’s not like I’m jumping, out, saying anything special. We need him to play a hell of a lot better than he has. Our goals against, our save percentage, when you do all that stuff, it’s not where it has to be.”

On facing Columbus on Friday:
“I think just off the top of my head, not even looking at that game, they bring a couple guys back in their lineup, which makes it significantly better, right? They bring Wisniewski in, and they can pair the two Russians [Fedor Tyutin and Nikita Nikitin] together because they’re healthy now, and pair Johnson and Wisniewski. That’s a pretty formidable four guys, so that would be the difference from the last time. So we have to be able to play against them a little more.”

On whether Jake Muzzin will play on Friday, or whether the soon-to-be recalled Andrew Campbell could draw into the lineup:
“I haven’t thought about it…I haven’t seen Campbell. As I said when he was here last week, he has hardly played this year. [It’s the] same as the other guys. Whoever plays the best is going to play.”

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Jake Muzzin

#6 | 6′ 3″ | 216 lb | Age: 27

Born: Feb 21, 1989
Birthplace: Woodstock, ON, CAN
Position: D
Handedness: Left


Muzzin was drafted in 2007 by the Pittsburgh Penguins, before signing to the Kings in 2010. He has since become the first Woodstock, Ontario professional athlete to win a major sports trophy.

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.

Tyler Toffoli

#73 | 6′ 1″ | 200 lb | Age: 24

Born: April 24, 1992
Birthplace: Scarborough, ON, CAN
Position: C
Handedness: Right


Toffoli is a Canadian professional ice hockey forward, drafted by the Kings in the second round of the 2010 Draft. Toffoli scored his first career NHL goal in his second game in a 4–0 victory over the Phoenix Coyotes in 2013. He was also named the 2012–13 AHL All-Rookie Team.

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.