April 11 morning skate quotes: Darryl Sutter - LA Kings Insider

On his impression of Colorado in last night’s win over Anaheim:
“It’s a big difference when they’ve got their whole lineup. Three star centermen make a big difference in their team.”

On whether anything from Matt Duchene’s play last night “jumped out”:
“You know what, he’s a good player. He’s had a really good year. It’s nothing that jumped out last night. He’s had a really good year. You put Stastny back in, you get O’Reilly back to speed, it spreads it out, gives it balance.”

On whether he’ll start to look at playoff matchups once a playoff berth is earned:
“Well, number one is secure position, but you don’t know matchups. That’s how close it is. Four-through-10, basically, there is no matchup until you know one-through-eight, and that’ll go right down to the last Saturday, for sure.”

On whether earning home ice advantage will be a new goal should the Kings qualify:
“Not really. When you’re not crossing over at all, there’s no secrets or surprises unless somebody comes out of the American League and jumps out or something like that. But there’s really no surprise in terms of system play. There’s a little bit of tinkering with special teams. But other than that, there’s not a whole lot. Quite honest, I’m looking at it like we’ve got eight left to make it, and we want to make it as soon as we can. And then, obviously, what it does, it doesn’t affect matchups. It affects how much you’re using players.”

On Drew Doughty’s performance over the last week:
“Drew’s playing good. You know what, he’s got lots of confidence, and he’s playing a lot, and the games – other than the last game – have been so close that, quite honest, I wish he wasn’t playing quite as much. But if you ask him that, that’s what he wants.”

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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.