December 7 morning skate quotes: Darryl Sutter - LA Kings Insider

On the wins over St. Louis and Anaheim:
Tough three-in-four. Just trying to find energy for both games as you go along.

On the New York Islanders:
Top-end two lines, for sure. Got to be able to handle ‘em. If you don’t, you’re going to get in an up and down game, a river game, and they’re good at that.

On St. Louis using bottom-six players against New York’s top-end players:
Well, with the schedule in the west, you don’t really call ‘em ‘bottom six.’ You’ve got to be able to play four lines, and there are nights when you get caught, and quite honest we did it on the weekend two or three shifts also where you don’t get the right guys on the ice just because other guys are bagged, quite honest. You need to have a really good balance right through your lineup out here. You’ve got to trust your players on that, but at the same time sometimes they’re overmatched.

On Ben Scrivens:
I think he’s been off-and-on lately. To be able to win on a consistent basis and to play at a high level is not just the physical, it’s the mental part of it, and when you’re not used to doing that, I think that sometimes it trickles into your game. I’m sure it’s the very same thing that you guys have seen without Nabby, too.

On the challenges related to the pre-game ceremony:
It’s not really that big a deal. I mean, we’ve had enough. Quite honest a lot of times when they’re singing the songs before the game it seems like an audition. You get used to it. It’s California.

On what the team did well to limit John Tavares to an assist in the teams’ last meeting:
Well, I didn’t really didn’t think about that until you said it, but we probably got a little bit lucky. [Reporter: What is it about him that impresses you?] He’s a dominant player in the league. He’s very similar to Matt Duchene in Colorado, and that’s a fact.

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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


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