Postgame quotes: Darryl Sutter - LA Kings Insider

On his assessment of the 2-1 win over Anaheim:
“An exhibition game. Preseason. Trying to get some guys up to speed.”

On whether he’s where he wants the team to be with two exhibition games left:
I’d like to have our injured guys playing games, so I guess the next step is to see where we are with Brown.

On whether Jonathan Quick is “getting there” after five preseason periods:
I think he was good in Anaheim, and he was good here tonight. That’s sort of the schedule we had him on. It’s not like a preseason for him. We picked games that he’s going to play or parts of ‘em.

On what he liked most about the win:
It was good to see Kopi on top of his game. Good to see King on top of his game. [Reporter: Heck of a pass to him, though too.] Kinger and Willie made good plays.

On Alec Martinez’s performance:
Marty’s trying to prove himself, and I don’t know if I’ve given him enough opportunities. I’ve been playing him on the right side in camp, and now we moved him back to left. He made two good plays – one on the goal, and one just before the goal on the power play. Hopefully that gives him more confidence.

On Kopitar talking to people over the summer that “told him to shoot more”:
Well, I think that he’s coming off a year where he didn’t score as much as he wanted, so he has to shoot more. And more is better…It’s percentages, right? He’s a talented enough guy where all the top guys in the league that score and dish it off are guys that take a lot of shots.

On whether Willie Mitchell is progressing:
I think he had a really good game one, and he probably I would say he had a tougher time tonight. He’s 36-years-old and he’s missed 15 months of hockey, and the second game is always your toughest one.

On whether he expects Mitchell to be in the lineup on opening night:
Oh, we’ve got a long ways to go still.

On the upcoming games in Las Vegas:
Back-to-back games. I’ve already pretty much told the players that we do it 14 times this year, so it’s about getting game-ready for that. Two home games. [Reporter: Some of the guys say, too, that it’s almost as intense because of the fans and the setup, it’s like a real game.] I don’t know. I’ve only been there for off track betting. [Reporter: How’d you do, by the way?] I went back….I’m not supposed to talk about gambling. [Laughs]…I’ve played games in Vegas. Played and coach there, but not in that rink. But in the Thomas and Mack. Several.

On playing an Eastern Conference team in Las Vegas:
Actually, the first month of our schedule, we play more east conference teams than we do west conference teams. The Rangers are on an extended trip out here.

On playing in the Stadium Series game at Dodger Stadium in January:
I think everybody’s quietly really looking forward to it. [Reporter: Quietly? Because?] Because we’re getting ready for the season, not for a game in January. [Reporter: But it’s going to be special.] Yeah. That’s what I said. We’re really looking forward to it. Hopefully we can use their locker room and there’s corks in the roof. Wouldn’t that be something? Heck, I left in the middle of June, they were in last place. I came back, they were in first. [Reporter: Well, they got some guys healthy, so that helped.] You know what? Everybody was throwing them under the bus. They found a way. [Reporter: A little positive karma never hurts anybody, does it?] Yeah, it’s awesome. [Reporter: Have you met Don Mattingly?] Yep…I talk to Ned quite a bit. [Reporter: You have any Yasiel Puigs in camp?] Not yet…They didn’t either until July.

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