December 15 media availability: Darryl Sutter - LA Kings Insider

On how the team has raised its shooting percentage:
I think guys that are goal scorers have got the puck. I think one line scored four goals last night, so it’s not ‘lately,’ it’s ‘last night.’

On the balance through four lines on the trip:
Every night’s different because of who you play, who the match-ups are, especially on the road. Yesterday afternoon we were playing a game with three really, really good centermen. So every night’s different, depending on the match-up. You win the match-up that the other team presents you, whether it’s defensemen or centermen or wingers or somebody that we’re trying to control on the other team…It’s still about winning low scoring games. You do it at the end of the night, there’s about five and a half goals being scored a night in the league. So what if we scored five last night? Three was what the number was. Three won you the game. How your lines, how they play, it’s not just based on goal scoring. It’s based on basically where they play.

On facing the Chicago Blackhawks:
Yeah, I mean we both played last night. Both teams want to play better. It’s a funny start. I’m not caught on who they are, and I’m not sure they’re too caught up on who we are. I think you’re just trying to play your game.

On what makes Chicago successful:
They’re a pretty deep team in terms of their offense, which is right through their team, and it’s not like they have a big drop-off in their defense from one-through-seven. I mean, on-through-four is probably everybody’s one or two.

On Martin Jones’ play:
Goaltenders have competed for the position. Hopefully they continue to. Obviously we don’t know what Jones is because he’s a young guy that’s just proving himself, and Scrivens is a backup who’s trying to prove he can play a little bit more.

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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.