April 11, 2013 1:23 pm

April 11 morning skate quotes: Darryl Sutter

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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