February 20, 2013 12:47 pm

February 20 morning skate quotes: Darryl Sutter

On Trevor Lewis’ assertiveness:
“To assess him, he’s assertive every night. You say that, because he’s on the scoresheet, right, and you want him to score. He’s one of my favorites, so I want him to produce.”

On evaluating the team’s consistency:
“It’s just shift to shift, period to period, game to game…We’re playing three defensemen that haven’t played in the NHL, so consistency is what all young players strive for and what coaches strive for them to accomplish or get to.”

On whether there’s any truth to the “Stanley Cup hangover”:
“Well, I know what a hangover is, and I didn’t have one. What does that mean? The hangover for us was a lot of injured players, and guys are still injured. That’s what it is. So we’re a different team, and I don’t think there was anything that held us back other than the injuries here.”

On if there’s a difference between the way the team played in the playoffs and right now:
“No, actually we’re playing the same. We just have a different team. We don’t have the same experience on the back end…We didn’t change our style, our system, or any of that.”

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