February 26 practice quotes: Darryl Sutter - LA Kings Insider

On if the chemistry is continuing to develop on the Kopitar line:
“I think Willie [has been better]. I think Brownie’s still got some straight line work to do and make the line a little more where they join the dots a little better. I think Willie did most of the work last night in terms of going to the net and creating everything. Even on the goal that Brown scored, that’s a nice shot. That’s a highlight, right? But the play was made by [Williams] taking a hit to get around Getzlaf.”

On forging the team’s identity:
“Well, we’ve had to rebuild it, right, quite honest? That’s what we’re working on doing.”

On how well he knows Mike Babcock:
“I know him pretty [well]. I know he wants to kick my ass, and I want to kick his.”

On his previous comments on Jake Muzzin earlier this season:
“Well, it was true. If you’re a team or players that are always chasing the other team’s game, you’re either not going to play very much or not at all or in a different league. It’s not that hard to figure out.”

On the aspects Muzzin has improved:
“Getting into the tough areas. Being strong with his stick. Being more competitive in the tough areas. That’s what he did last night.”

On Muzzin continuing to develop his confidence:
“Generally with young players, that’s a big part of it. But it’s a two-way street also, right? It’s very simple: the better you play, the more you play. He’s basically an unproven player. He’s no different than a sixth, seventh, eighth defenseman [or] eleventh, twelfth, thirteenth, fourteenth forwards. It’s strictly based on performance.”

On the heavy schedule approaching:
“Lots of guys banged up. It’s not about last night. It’s about tomorrow night. It’s what we’ll be doing for the next five weeks…Everybody’s the same. Get through it. I mean, it made a difference in the game last night. That team played the night before.”

On whether he can tell if an opposing team has played the night before:
“Absolutely. You can see old guys that aren’t in good enough shape, and you can see young guys that have energy, and you can see – it’s like you guys asked about Jordy – young guys trying to make a little bit of a statement. It’s very simple. You need great goaltending and you need great leadership to get through the schedule this year. If you don’t, if you only have got one of the two, you’re not going to make it, and if you’ve got two, you’ve got a good chance.”

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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.

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#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.