March 2 morning skate quotes: Darryl Sutter - LA Kings Insider

On what has allowed the Kings to “get on a roll”:
“We’ve been fairly consistent, other than the first two games of the year. [We’re] just trying to get everybody to settle in…some new guys on different lines, things like that.”

On whether the team’s best players have been the best players recently:
“Carter and Kopitar and Voynov have been real good. Kopitar missed camp, missed the first game of the year and his game has come along. Jeff’s been really good, right from day one. He probably got us two or three wins.”

On using the same six defensemen through the playoffs last year, compared to this year:
“Actually we played six defensemen for about 50 games last year, which is a rare thing. I guarantee it never happens again. So we’ve had to put three or four kids in now that three guys had never played a game for us last year in the playoffs. You know what? There’s this great thing about ‘oh, they brought all their team back’…that wasn’t really true. At the end of the day, it’s still about we’ve won whatever it is – four, five in a row – the bottom line is we’ve scored almost four goals and we’ve given up one and a half. If you do that, you’re going to win. If you don’t, you’re going to lose.”

On Alec Martinez:
“He’s cleared to play.”

On whether it’s good to change the mix during a winning streak:
“He’s no different than our other young defensemen. He’s a guy who plays 12 to 15 minutes. So he’s not getting in just for what he did. He’s got to beat somebody out. When that happens, it’s based on other guys’ performance. Not that big a deal.”

On whether he expects Martinez to play:
“We’ve got everybody in warmup. We’ll just see after.”

On what type of a player Jake Muzzin is:
“He’s really similar to Marty, only bigger. Really similar player, quite honest.”

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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.