February 25 morning skate quotes: Darryl Sutter - LA Kings Insider

Darryl Sutter spoke with the media following Monday’s morning skate before sharing his thoughts on the NHL’s proposed realignment, which will be covered in a separate post this afternoon.

On whether he saw Anaheim’s game versus Colorado:
“Every second.”

On his thoughts of Anaheim:
“Good team. Not just their performance, their season performance to date. They have outstanding goaltending, good performances on a nightly basis out of their big players. They’re experienced on the back end, and we’ve got to try and stick with them tonight.”

On what he would like from L.A.’s forwards in a match-up where there’s size on both sides:
“Play better than they did against them last time. Getzlaf, Perry; Kopitar, Carter. Go down the list. Lots of good match-ups. They’re fun match-ups.”

On Viktor Fasth:
“Experienced goalie. He doesn’t give up bad goals. He’s not a kid. He’s a big guy that controls rebounds. [He’s] 30 years old. He’s got international experience. Good goalie.”

On if Fasth’s style is similar to Henrik Lundqvist’s:
“I don’t see Lundqvist enough. I see Fasth more than I see Lundqvist.”

On Trevor Lewis’ recent performance:
“When Lewis’s on his game, he’s using his speed on the forecheck. He’s strong on the walls. He’s a sound defensive guy. Hey, he cares. He cares about how he plays. One of the things I learned last year when he came here, there were a lot of critical opinions of Lewie. But I had a different view of him. I liked those things in his game, those parts of his games about the compete part of it, so it’s a matter of getting some offense out of him, right? Because if he wants to play those minutes…if he’s a teen-minute player, he has to be more than a penalty killer. We need some production, as we saw last spring, out of him, and right now we’re getting that.”

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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.