November 21 morning skate quotes: Sutter, Doughty
Darryl Sutter, on the Devils and Kings being “patient teams”:
Good teams are. I wouldn’t say ‘patient.’ I’d say ‘prepared.’
Sutter, on Jaromir Jagr continuing to play at a high level:
You see more of it in every sport because they’re better trained. Better nutrition…It’s not uncommon. We just saw one the other night (Martin St. Louis), who was a great player…You hear Jagr talk about training. That’s what it is. Start younger, better education in it, play longer.
Sutter, on Pearson-Vey-Toffoli skating together on the power play:
They were not very good on the power play last game. In fact, they were only there once.
Sutter, on the effort against Tampa Bay:
It was a hard game to play, the last game. Kind of a tough turnaround. We flew six hours the night before and came here and did some rehab and we went and played a game. It’s not easy to play, so you need some structure. It’s a tough game.
Sutter, on the Kings being a team that “kept coming” against Tampa Bay:
That doesn’t impress me about our team, because we do it. If it was a one-on or one-off, then you go ‘well, that’s impressive.’ We’re used to doing that. We don’t win every night, but that’s the way you have to play.
Drew Doughty, on being paired with Jake Muzzin:
I feel like we are playing really well together right now. We have really been working harder on our defensive game, just our positioning. I think we have done a great job, especially in the D-zone down low. We are playing strong and we are not allowing many chances against. The offense and the breakouts come naturally to us two as a pair. We work so well together with the puck, so it’s just that work we need to do without it and we have made a lot of strides.
Doughty, on the realigned defensive pairings:
I think our D-core has been unbelievable these last two weeks. We haven’t given up many goals. I think we’ve given up maybe two goals at the most in the last five games or something like that. A lot of that has to do with Scrivvy and obviously how well the forwards are playing defensively too. But, our defense has been working hard. We felt we weren’t great at the start of the year and we think we have really played a lot better lately and we want to continue to just get better.
Doughty, on Ben Scrivens:
It has been great. All of us in here are so happy for Scrivvy. I am sure Scrivvy came in here thinking he was maybe only going to play 10 games,15 games throughout the season just because Quickie is a horse out there and he will play every game if he can. [Scrivens] has jumped on this opportunity and made the best of it. He has played great for us. He’s communicating well with us. Like I said, I am just so happy for him that he can be playing this well and winning us games like this.