October 17 quotes: Mitchell, Brown, Sutter - LA Kings Insider

Willie Mitchell, on what needs to be “cleaned up: from the Tampa Bay game:
I think in that game, I think something we talked about and we probably weren’t the best at – their centers are a very important part of their hockey club in Tampa, and we wanted to play over their centers to deny them speed on the rush, because what they did was make the long pass, and then what they do is kick back that long stretch pass to the middle with speed, and if you don’t have your F3 over top of that, it becomes very difficult for the defense to get gap control. Then, if you don’t have gap control, that gives them their strength, which is on the rush. So I think that was probably the number one thing.

Dustin Brown, on the Nashville Predators:
They’ve got a couple new faces, but they’ve kind of had that same mindset for years here. They’re very work-oriented and will grind it. You look at their top two lines, they’ve got some pretty skilled guys there. We’ve got to be aware of them because they work extremely hard, and obviously on the back end, Weber’s a premier D. We’ve just got to be ready to work against a team like this.

Brown, on aspects of Nashville’s game that require attention compared to other teams:
I think the two things are being aware of Weber and his shot, and also being aware of Hornqvist around the net, because he’s one of the best players in and around the net. Those are – I don’t want to say two guys you’ve got to [be on] – but two things about their team, is when he’s on the ice, you’ve got to be aware of his shot, because he can beat a goalie from the blue line with his shot.

Darryl Sutter, on what he likes about coaching against Barry Trotz:
I don’t like coaching against him. He’s a good coach. Part of the challenge in this league is there are probably about seven, eight really experienced guys that are pretty successful guys, and he’s one of them.

Sutter, on whether he expects a “complete, full 60 minutes” following a day off:
It’s the new CBA. You have a mandatory four days off a month now. So this is one that we mutually agreed upon a month ago.

Sutter, on seeing “other aspects” from the centers despite the lack of goal scoring:
Oh, we’re really strong at center. If you could say going into every game you had Kopitar, Richards, Stoll, Lewis, Carter, Fraser, you’d say, ‘We like that.’

Sutter, on why Jeff Carter has had success against the Predators:
I’ve only coached Jeff against these guys I think three games. So I really don’t look at the history part of it. [Reporter: He had a hat trick against them last year.] He’s a goal scorer. He led the Western Conference in goal scoring last year. So there’s a good chance he had good games against lots of teams.

Sutter, on how he spent his off-day:
We worked from 10-to-4. We’re not part of the players’ deal with days off. We worked.

Sutter, on whether it’s frustrating to “be told” when players have days off:
No. I mean, quite honest, our guys, even last year, that’s not an issue. We go to them, and even though you’re supposed to do the mandatory four days and pick ‘em ahead of time – look at our schedule this month. It’s almost impossible to pick days which are good days. But obviously yesterday was a day when you look ahead into our schedule, I mean we’ve got to play tonight, get home in the middle of the night again, and then play Dallas. So yesterday was a day that set up better for us. You don’t pick days to practice or not to practice based on games you’ve played. It’s games you have to play.

Sutter, on whether he sees “anything different” from Nashville, a team with personnel turnover:
Yes, substantially. If you look at their roster, I would say ‘substantially.’ [Reporter: What is different in the way they match up?] I would say their four new wingers are substantial, and Cullen’s substantial, and obviously Seth in the back end is substantial, and Ekholm is substantial, so just off the top of my mind – I’m sure you read stats this morning – there’s six substantial roster changes in their team. Two Swedish boys (Mattias Ekholm, Filip Forsberg), the boy from Chicago (Viktor Stalberg), and the first round pick they got in the trade (Forsberg) replaced Kostitsyn and Erat, so that’s substantial. I think Eric Nystrom and Matt Hendricks are substantial.

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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.