November 7 postgame quotes: Darryl Sutter - LA Kings Insider

On the penalty kill:
In our game, when you work on the penalty killing, or special teams, power play is done on ice. Penalty killing is done off ice. It’s hard to practice penalty killing because you don’t want guys blocking shots in practice. So it’s more video and structure, and quite honest, the last six games we weren’t very happy with our penalty killing, and the first nine we were. The way the schedule worked, we had some time to work on it, and sort of reset and look at who we were using at certain times during the penalty kills. [Reporter: Pleased with the way it went tonight, though?] Well, they didn’t score, did they? So, what am I going to say? ‘I’m not happy with it?’

On Linden Vey’s performance:
We try and put him in opportunities to succeed. It was his first NHL game. We’ll give him that. [Reporter: How did he do?] I tried to put him in opportunities to succeed, so we put him on the power play and we used him on penalty killing, which was what we talked to him about this summer, and [we’ll] make some decisions on who plays Saturday.

On the Muzzin-Doughty pairing:
I think Drew was carrying a lot of mail tonight. His partner’s going to have to play a lot better.

On whether the shutout was a “team accomplishment”:
Absolutely. It’s our second one this year. Ben Scrivens had one in Florida against the Panthers. Shutouts are not individual things. I mean, they don’t throw no-hitters.

On Jonathan Quick implying that one-nothing and six-five wins were all the same, and that getting two points is the most important aspect:
Jonathan Quick’s a great competitor, and I imagine I would see it like that, because the goaltenders who have the best winning records are on the best teams. Jonathan Quick is – what is he now? Whatever his record is, he’ll take the wins.

On Alec Martinez:
We put him back in. He wants to play, so it’s no different than asking about other guys. They want to play. We’re in a tough division. Quite honest, if I’d have said after…16 [games], and we had 10 wins, I would’ve said that was good, and that tells you how tough it is.

On whether the team played “wire-to-wire with very little letdown”:
I don’t think there was much difference in the game. I think the toughest part of the game was the third period where there was like seven and ah half minutes to start without a whistle.

On Kopitar “shooting with success”:
I’ve never really had a problem with it…I think every time you’ve asked me, I’ve said he’s been our best player, and I think he is that again. I know, we’re in Los Angeles. Everything’s based on stars and what they do…I thought it was about winning. That’s what it’s about. Kopitar night in and night out gives you a chance to win.

On Saturday’s game against the Vancouver Canucks:
Tough team. Used to winning the division, and now they’re in a bigger division, and they’re trying to win it. So we’ve got our hands full. It’s a good rivalry. I’m looking forward to it.

On the Muzzin-Doughty pairing:
If I got to play with Drew Doughty, I’d be trying to play there, too…He’s going to have to play a hell of a lot better than he’s playing if he wants to continue to play with Drew Doughty. Drew Doughty’s a special, special player, and you have to raise your level to play with him.

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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.