November 13 practice quotes: Darryl Sutter - LA Kings Insider

On what he liked about Tuesday’s shootout loss:
We had a good chance to win. We score a second goal, we do win. [Reporter: To make it two-nothing?] Yeah.

On Jonathan Quick’s status:
We sent Jonathan back to Los Angeles to see our doctors.

On the nature of Quick’s injury:
Our trainer thinks it’s either hamstring or groin-related. So it’s a muscle. He’s obviously not going to play on this trip, so he might as well be home, and make sure we know what it is, and then go from there.

On Ben Scrivens acclimating himself well and improving his play thus far:
Tomorrow the schedule will start for him. All that other reminiscing stuff, you take care of.

On potentially reuniting Tanner Pearson with Linden Vey and Tyler Toffoli:
I think Toffoli’s good with Mike Richards.

On the decision to use Trevor Lewis in the shootout:
We’ve liked him in practice shootouts the last little bit, and quite honest, nobody else has taken one this year. Mike, Jeff and Kopi are the only guys. [Reporter: Is that often something that’s used quite a bit – a hot hand in practice?] Not so much. What we’ve done is work it into parts of our practices where there’s eight or nine guys that take ‘em, and depending who the goalie is, Lewie’s move last night was just part of his move.

On the power play in overtime providing “difficulty” this year:
Actually, we’ve won two games with it. Jeff Carter broke his foot on a four-on-three overtime win for us just to want to get it that point. Sometimes four-on-three is harder than five-on-three, and it’s harder than five-on-four.

On the length of time before deciding who goes on injured reserve:
Well, obviously you have guys that are out for at least seven days that are on IR. So Jeff Carter’s still on IR. Remember, IR is a retroactive situation, so it’s back to [the] last game they played. So we’ve got Matt Greene, who is well past that status. You have Kyle, who is what, four days into a seven-day IR. So it really doesn’t matter. Basically you can pull off who you want, as long as they’re missing that much time.

On Jarret Stoll:
I talked to him before we went on the ice. He thinks he’s close, so we’ll just see what he’s like in the morning. I’m kind of leaning towards a hundred percent. He played last time, and it actually hurt our team because he played four or five minutes. Jarret’s going to say he’s ready, but that’s what he told me last time. That’s not a criticism. That’s cause he wanted to play. But we’re in a little bit of an injury situation. We can’t get into a shortened bench in a three-in-four here. You’re in trouble.

On any chance Greene or Clifford could theoretically join the team on the trip:
Quite honest, they’re not skating. What’s the point of bringing somebody on? It’s not a trip. We play games, so if they’re not skating, you’re not just going to bring somebody out and throw ‘em into the lineup. They’ve got to be actively taking part in wanting to the [—-] pounded out of ‘em, for lack of a better term.

On whether Quick has gone through any tests at this point:
No. I just said it – he’s flying home to be evaluated by our doctors, and we feel it’s muscle-related. Our trainers would evaluate him. Those would be tests. That would be the normal procedure. We don’t have a rocket that can get him right back to L.A. You know what? You’ve got to leave Buffalo, and you’ve got to get somewhere else to get back to L.A, so it’s not quite as easy as you think. There’s no magic.

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#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


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#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.