April 5 practice quotes: Darryl Sutter - LA Kings Insider

On if there’s any “concern” that Anze Kopitar did not score on Thursday despite chances:
“I don’t think so. I think…as long if he’s getting them, that’s a good thing. Based on near-misses, goalies are making great saves, too, on him, so that’s a good thing.

On whether Thursday’s performance was the right response against Minnesota:
“We had a really good start. Not just because we scored, but we were playing the pressure game that we like to play. When a team changes goalies three minutes in, it’s not usually the goalie. It’s usually what the other team is doing, so that’s good.”

On LA’s goals in transition, the first of which was started on a wide shot by Mikko Koivu:
“Really, it’s a good lesson for everybody – missed nets are scoring chances at the other end. You play a team like Minnesota, you go into their rink and you miss the net, and their boards and ice are so much more lively and better than ours that they are scoring chances the other way, and that’s what that was. The second play – hey, it was a great play by Mike Richards.”

On if he’s ever talked to anybody to make the Staples Center boards “livelier”:
“No, I haven’t talked to anybody about it…it’s good if they’re lively. That means there’s not as many pucks along the boards. It is what it is.”

On Edmonton’s “attacking style”:
“Five-on-five, we play the same game they do. Their special teams – they’ve taken a jump up this year is special teams. It’s all it is…when you break it down.”

On whether Edmonton’s improved power play is a sign of maturation:
“That and their penalty killing is much better.”

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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.

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.