March 22 practice quotes: Drew Doughty - LA Kings Insider

On Daniel and Henrik Sedin:
“They like to get the puck back to each other. When they make the first pass it’s most likely going right back to them, and then that’s what opens up the space…They’ll make any kind of pass. They’ll throw it up to the guy’s chest and catch it. They’ll do anything. It doesn’t have to be the perfect pass. They’ll just bat pucks by you and bat it right back. So it’s tough playing against them, [because] they’re always looking for each other.”

On whether Vancouver still possesses elite speed:
“Yeah, they still have the speed, for sure. Even though in the standings they aren’t doing what they have in the past, but it’s hard to do that with such a short season…They’re still a really good team, a team that we’ve got to make sure we’re really prepared for because every time they come into our building they play a hard game, so that’s what we’re expecting tomorrow. We’ve got to have a big win and outplay them pretty bad tomorrow night.”

On what the team needs to address after last night’s game:
“We’ve got to score. We had a lot of chances and I don’t think we were going to the net hard enough. I think that’s the reason why we weren’t putting any pucks by them. Also, once they got a lucky bounce off that goal off a skate, I think after that we kind of deflated as a team. I think we’ve got to go the other way. After a bad bounce you’ve got to realize you’re still doing the right things and we’ve got to get one back quick.”

On Jonathan Quick’s performance against Dallas:
“He made some big saves at some big times, especially in…the second…We minimized the shots. They really didn’t get that many shots on net, but we gave up too many high quality scoring chances, and that’s when he had to come up big. He played great for us last night, and I’m sure he will if he plays tomorrow again.”

On whether Quick’s reaction to his save on Daley’s shot indicates he has his “swagger” back:
“I don’t think Quickie ever lost his swagger. I think everyone expects him to kind of have the exact same year he did last year, and it’s pretty hard to live up to repeating a season like that. It’s not impossible, but it almost is. He played outstanding for us all season last year, and he made every single save. It was never a puck was getting by him, and that just can’t happen forever. I don’t ever think he lost his swagger, [and] I don’t ever think he’s playing poorly. I think he just wasn’t having the exact same season as he was last year, and that’s what people maybe see it as, [that] he wasn’t playing to the best of his ability.”

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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.