May 13, 2013 4:00 pm

May 13 practice quotes: Darryl Sutter

On whether he has any “big concerns” heading into the second round:
“We’ll be ready. I don’t have big concerns. I mean, both teams have had two or three days off, and they’ve had a couple injuries. We have. I’m just more anxious to get playing more than concerned.”

On San Jose’s dynamic:
“I think they’re constant…has been their goaltending. It’s been really good for ‘em. Obviously they’re a veteran group on the back end with Hannan, Stuart and Boyle. It really gives them always somebody on the ice – and you could probably put Vlasic in that group, too. So their balance up front, I think they moved guys around. Burns really complemented Joe, and Patrick and Couture, and then you go to Pavelski and Wingels, and with Torres coming in, it gives them good balance on their lines. And they say it too – it has impacted their team, made them play more of a straight line game, and you can see that.”

Sutter, on whether he has a “feel” for San Jose, having been a part of the organization:
“Other than three or four players – Scotty Hannan’s back there, Brad Stuart’s back there, and I think Patrick’s there. So other than that, there is no connection. [Reporter: Except for the town, right? You were there for a long time.] Well, it’s a good town. They’re all good towns, right? [Reporter: Does it make you want to go in there and win even more?] No, because I’ve played them enough with other teams already. This is the what, how many times? Third or fourth series already. It’d be different if I was a kid, but I’m not.”

Sutter, on the Kings having home ice advantage for the first time since 1992:
“First time since I’ve been here, so it’s not that long. It’s barely a year. So be thankful that you get the playoffs. Be thankful you get to the second round. Don’t get ahead of yourselves. I look at it like our team has played six rounds now in a year, so we’re going to try and see how it goes.”

Sutter, on Brent Burns’ presence as a forward:
“It gives them a big, skilled guy up front…He’s a guy who plays minutes, a guy who enjoys playing forward, and there’s not many guys in the history of the game that have done that.”

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