October 22 media availability: Darryl Sutter - LA Kings Insider

On whether one game in five days allows the team to refresh and re-focus:
Yeah, a little bit. I said it after the game last night – I think it really showed in our game. We made a lot of mistakes, just cause we looked like we were lacking the energy or the focus to do it, and that was disappointing. Hey, we lost the game. We took six penalties after the first period. It’s impossible to win when you’re playing teams that score three and a half goals. [Reporter: Continuing what you said last night, is it a byproduct of fatigue?] Both. I mean, hey, whether you like Clifford’s or Kopitar’s penalties, you can’t take those penalties in the neutral zone. If they’re penalties from behind, that means you’re out of position or you’re tired. They’re both penalties you can’t take, and we got scored on both of them.

On whether Willie Mitchell’s heavy usage has been “encouraging”:
Yeah, it is encouraging. Let’s touch wood on it, but I think he’s gotten better and been really solid. I think we need Slava to be a lot better in terms of his detail like Willie is for that pair to better so they’re not on the ice for goals against. Willie’s played fine. But I didn’t like, quite honest, that at the end of the game it cost us. He and Greener had to kill too many penalties, and in the end it cost us.

On the rare Mitchell-Greene pairing:
I think we’ve done it once. Once in a while we’ll have to come back to them after a power play or something based on how Drew and Slava are.

On Dustin Brown:
He wasn’t as physical last night. He wasn’t sharp. It was sort of an indication of how our team was, and he’s one of the leaders of the group that has to demonstrate the detail and the energy and the physicality and the discipline, and he wasn’t as good last night as he was the night before.

On the lack of scoring from the team’s centers despite the strong 200-foot play:
They’ve got to produce. The bottom line is Kopi, Mike and Jarret for that matter are all pretty well-paid guys, and they have to produce. They have to be better players. They have to finish the job. Kopi’s getting a lot of good looks, quite honest, and he’s getting a little bit of bad puck luck. He’s hit a lot of posts and hit other guys’ legs, hit Brownie’s legs, things like that. But he’s getting really good looks and he just needs a little bit more luck. The other two guys clearly [at] five-on-five have to produce more for us. Quite honest, I think Richie should’ve gotten the goal last night. Even though it goes of their defenseman’s stick at the end, I think it does touch Richie’s coming through, and that’s the League’s call. That’s not Carts’ call. That’s the league’s call. It would look better today at one-and-six or whatever it is. [Reporter: Richie would never say that, right?] I know. But I’m saying it as a coach, because I watching everything in super slow…I don’t know why they just wouldn’t leave it on.

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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


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Jeff Carter

#77 | 6′ 4″ | 215 lb | Age: 31

Born: January 1, 1985
Birthplace: London, ON, CAN
Position: C
Handedness: Right


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Jonathan Quick

#32 | 6′ 1″ | 218 lb | Age: 30

Born: January 21, 1986
Birthplace: Milford, CT, USA
Position: G
Handedness: Left


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