October 27 postgame quotes: Darryl Sutter
On whether two points represented a “just result” for the Kings:
Yeah, their goalie had a hell of a game. Stopped almost 50 shots for them.
On whether the Kings made it “tough enough” on Richard Bachman:
I think so. 50 is a lot of shots.
On whether he would have liked more traffic in front of the net:
I think we had a lot of traffic.
On the dominant puck possession numbers during overtimes this season:
It could be the skill level of our group, the guys that you’re using. We pretty much use Kopi and either Willie or Brownie, and Mike or Jeff, and usually Drew or Slava’s on the ice. So they match up with the other team’s top end guys pretty good.
On the waved off goal:
After looking at it, it’s probably the right call. But you know what? It’s one of those [issues] that he just asked about. It was a traffic goal, right? Matt’s going in there to try and score. He’s not going in there to obviously knock the goalie over. Even on the first one, he does a good job of going to the net and having his stick down, nose for the net. That’s what he’s trying to do. [Reporter: And that’s what you need from Frattin, right?] He was a really good player on that line tonight.
On Jay Wells wanting a “feisty” game, and whether that is possible in the modern era:
There were two fights tonight, so if that’s what he meant… [Reporter: He wasn’t necessarily referring to fighting, specifically.] It’s really not that big a deal to me. I mean, we have lots of guys who play feisty.
On memories of playing against Jay Wells:
Yeah, he put some knots in my head a few times. Quite a few times.
On whether the team will continue to rotate left wings:
You know what? We’ve only got 13 forwards here, and Danny and Kyle play left wing only, so it creates a little bit of a problem for us. Quite honest, it’s got nothing to do with them. They’re both good, solid fourth line players. We’re not getting enough out of our third or fourth line. They’re not being taken out because they’ve played poorly. If you look at the third and fourth line production, what we’re getting in terms of minutes, we’re not getting enough – or production. [Reporter: Might you have a 14th forward soon?] No, because we have a 23-man roster, right? So eight, 13 and two. [Reporter: Seven?] Eight, 13 two is 23. That’s really not a question for the coaches, right?
On what impresses him about Nail Yakupov:
He’s a skilled guy, gets to play with Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Jordan Eberle right now. They’re their two best forwards. So if I played with them, or if Yakupov played with them, then he should be a good player.