March 12 afternoon quotes: Darryl Sutter - LA Kings Insider

The Kings did not hold a morning skate on Tuesday, opting instead for meetings within the team hotel. Darryl Sutter spoke with the traveling media at 1:30 pm.

On whether Tyler Toffoli might play tonight:
“Not planning on it, no.”

On whether he’s planning on any lineup changes:
“I can’t tell you that. Back to back, put guys in warmup, right? Check on a couple of banged up guys, see how they are and go from there.”

On watching Jake Muzzin begin to put the pieces together:
“He’s got a lot of pieces to put together. Quite honest, he struggled the last two games from the red line back to the goalie, so he’s got to clean that up. Quite honest, with players like that, we’ve been able to hide them during home games because of who they’re on the ice against. We need a little better focus in terms of the 200-foot part of it. Don’t get too caught up in [it]. The biggest difference between playing in the American League and the National Hockey League is…you’re out on the ice against somebody who’s really good.”

On so few power play opportunities:
“I was teasing guys this morning about it in the meeting. ‘I’m afraid I can’t even give you guys hell.’ I said, ‘It only takes you 30 seconds to score.’”

On the impressive movement on the power play:
“Well, they’re identical plays, both of them – right? We’re trying to get Brown to be a net presence, and quite honest, that’s an area that Muzzin – probably the biggest area that he’s helped us is just the power play. Just take his power play minutes, it’s made a big difference because of his ability to do what we want him to do on it. It gives Slava a little bit more room to operate, and we basically put Muzzin and Slava – given them the priority of it. The last two games…they both had identical roles…But it’s the end result of what we tried to do before that, and it was mostly because of Muzzin and the other side of the ice. There are only eight games out of 24 where we’ve gotten more power plays than the other team, and that, to me, is sort of frustrating.”

On the heavy divisional schedule:
“We’ve tried to approach this one, just because it’s back-to-back again. When you look at our next five games, if you do it like that, we’ve got these guys three times and San Jose twice. You know what, we’re looking at it like back-to-back…I tell the players I’m not interested in talking about it. That’s your guys’ jobs. I’m talking about results. How bad we played or how good we played, I’m not interested in that. Results take care of themselves, and trying to get players to be better individually. That’s what we’re trying to do, and if we can get that out of [them] and continue to get our top guys to be a little better players for us – it’s like last week, talking about goalies, this week, talking about somebody who’s a first star. That doesn’t help us unless we’re getting better individually. That’s what we’re trying to work on.”

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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.