Sutter wants "big goals" from power play - LA Kings Insider

After scoring twice on the man advantage against Ottawa, the Kings went 0-for-13 on the power play in their four game trip through Carolina, Florida Tampa Bay and Nashville. The statistic looks worse than the reality in this case, as the power play showed good movement and generated quality opportunities throughout most of the trip, and Darryl Sutter appeared pleased with the looks the Kings were generating.

On Friday, Sutter discussed what he is looking for on the power play, and it’s similar to what he wants in key penalty killing situations: overall special teams success isn’t as important as special teams timeliness.

Darryl Sutter, on the power play getting good looks, if not consistent goals:
Just got to score big goals, that’s all. I think the top power play has got about seven or eight goals, and we have, what, five or six? We had a chance – even in the game in Tampa, the game we lost – the power play scores a goal…we thought we got the short end of it. We had a goal that shouldn’t have been disallowed that would’ve made it 2-1. There’s times where our power play could’ve tied it up, and then we gave up a bad goal. So your power play’s got to score big goals. You guys know how I feel about the percentages and all that, and that’s, quite honest, for some guys who don’t watch the game. [Reporter: It’s more ‘when.’] Yeah. It’s big goals. Very simple. If your power play scores you a big goal that [gives] momentum…quite honest, it’s very similar to penalty killing. If your penalty kill gets you a big kill at some point in the game, then it’s more important than the stat.

Sutter, on any power play red flags, and continuing to work on the power play:
Well, we do work on it a lot…I think that Carter leads our team in shots. We’re trying to get the puck on his stick as much as [we can]. We’re doing that. I think that Kopi and Drew press once in a while a little bit too much on it. But we like Doughty and Voynov and Kopitar and Richards and Carter.

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Adrian Kempe

#9 | 6′ 2″ | 195 lb | Age: 21

Born: September 13, 1996
Birthplace: Kramfors, SWE
Position: LW
Handedness: Left


Kempe was selected by the Kings in the first round (29th overall) in the 2014 NHL Draft.

Alex Iafallo

#19 | 6′ | 185 lb | Age: 23

Born: December 21, 1993
Birthplace: Eden, NY, USA
Position: C
Handedness: Left


Iafallo was signed by the Kings as an unrestricted free agent on April 18, 2017.

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.

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.