Kings on improvement; Doughty, Kopitar quotes - LA Kings Insider

Drew Doughty, on where the team has improved since the beginning of the season:
We’re starting to finally click together. It felt like the first few games we weren’t clicking, like guys weren’t in the right position, so guys weren’t passing the puck on the tape and stuff like that, and now we’re working as five-man units. In the D-zone we have five guys surrounding the puck, and we make those little two-foot plays to get the puck in the other zone, and then offensively we’re trying to get the D a lot more involved, and I think we’re doing a good job of that.

Darryl Sutter, on where the team has improved:
I think we’ve been pretty consistent, haven’t changed much. That’s what I keep telling you – if you take fewer penalties, five-on-five I’d put us against anybody any time. Get goaltending.

Anze Kopitar, on where the team has improved:
I don’t think there’s a ‘big thing’ that we have to improve on, but we just want to be better and better every day. There’s always room for improvements in some details, some little plays. Just sharped up in most cases. But I think – and I think everybody’s on the same page – we’re getting better, getting sharper, and we feel confident about it.

Kopitar, on setting up Justin Williams’ goal against Florida:
Willie knocked the puck down. The puck was going out of the zone, and he knocked it down. So I was right there, and we’ve done that play a couple of times before; we just couldn’t connect on it. Last night we did, so it was a good goal for us.

Kopitar, on drawing the defense towards him before issuing a backhand pass:
I didn’t really have the best angle to shoot or to go to the net because the defenders were right there. I knew when Willie gave me that puck, he’s going to end up being right in the high slot somewhere. I just wanted to make sure he was there before I made that play. I think nine out of 10 times I try to make that play anyways, because again, I didn’t have a good angle to shoot the puck, and fortunately enough we connected on it.

Kopitar, on skating with Jeff Carter:
Well, it’s not going to change too much. He’s a fast guy, a world class player that likes to score, obviously. You try and give the puck to him around the net, and I guess not overpass, for sure. If he’s open, I definitely want to make sure to give him the puck.

Kopitar, on registering a 17-minute night one game after playing over 24 minutes:
It’s different. Sometimes you’re sitting on the bench, itching to get out there again. That’s the way the game goes sometimes. There are nights you’re going to play a lot, and there are nights that you’re not going to play a whole lot. Especially last night, we didn’t have a whole lot of power play. That usually racks up the minutes. I mean, I had the one PK shift that was almost two minutes, but that’s just the way sometimes the game goes.

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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.