November 14 morning skate quotes: Darryl Sutter - LA Kings Insider

On how he would “rate” Ben Scrivens as a “backup”:
We’re obviously confident in him. We haven’t seen him play that much. His [first] start on the road this year was a shutout in Florida, and he’s been in [five] times and has played really well for us off the bench, so we’re looking forward to seeing him.

On the Western Conference:
It’s a tough division, right off the top. [Reporter: What makes it so tough?] I think you have four teams that are coming off division wins or conference championships or Stanley Cup championships. It makes it tough. It puts a benchmark there always, and that’s sort of what you’re striving to do, is to…try and figure out how we’re going to keep pace with a team like Chicago.

On how the Kings have played thus far:
If we’re almost at the 20-game mark, and…to pro rate it out, we’re into right now over 100 points. It’s probably the best regular season the team may have ever had after 20 games. I’m happy with the way we’re playing. Obviously the injuries have affected the lineup. You just don’t say, ‘This guy can go in for that guy.’ We lost the leading goal scorer in the Western Conference [from] last year in Jeff Carter, and we’ve lost our number one goalie, who’s top-five or six in the league. The injuries have and are playing a part in our performance, for sure.

On what he sees in the New York Islanders:
I think top-end guys. They remind me a lot of a team that we play out west in Colorado.

On the banners commemorating Duane and Brent Sutter’s championships at Nassau Coliseum:
They got six of ‘em, so out of respect I look at ‘em.

On where he has seen growth from Tanner Pearson, on or off the ice:
I just saw him last night. He didn’t grow. I’ve seen him literally for 20 minutes in November, so growth? I don’t know. [Reporter Had you see any change in him since his game in the playoffs last year?] No. He earned his way into the lineup in the playoffs, and he earned his way into the lineup tonight.

On any difference between the way Scrivens and Quick play the puck:
There’s an elite four or five guys in the league that play it as good as defensemen, and then everybody else plays it just about the same. I think that Jonathan and Ben would play it just about the same. The difference always is the communication. Jonathan might say something different to the defensemen than Ben might say, so they just have to get used to that. [Reporter: You were telling me that Ben’s a little more chatty. A little more communication from him.] All those guys from – where’s he from? Yale? [Reporter: Cornell.] Cornell. So obviously he’s going to be a little more chatty. I think the difference between Jonathan and Ben, so…

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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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#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


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