March 2, 2013 1:59 pm

March 2 morning skate quotes: Darryl Sutter

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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