November 21 morning skate quotes: Sutter, Doughty - LA Kings Insider

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.

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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


Toffoli is a Canadian professional ice hockey forward, drafted by the Kings in the second round of the 2010 Draft. Toffoli scored his first career NHL goal in his second game in a 4–0 victory over the Phoenix Coyotes in 2013. He was also named the 2012–13 AHL All-Rookie Team.

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.