January 12 media availability: Darryl Sutter - LA Kings Insider

The Kings used Sunday morning for workouts, team meetings and video sessions and did not take the ice at Toyota Sports Center.

At 11:45 a.m., Darryl Sutter joined LA Kings Insider and LA Times writer Lisa Dillman to talk about the Culver City Ice Arena, the team’s even keel approach, and tomorrow’s game against the Vancouver Canucks. His allusions to the team’s scoring challenges can be found here; the story on the Culver City Ice Arena will run early this week.

On coaching a levelheaded team:
We tighten it up when we’re at home. Five game home stand, we win tomorrow, that’d be a [good] home stand. That’s how we try and approach those things. Just trying to review some stats with guys today and get some banged up guys ready for tomorrow. Get some of the energy back.

On any extra emphasis on Monday’s game, which Jeff Carter affirmed has a “must-win” label:
Supposed to put emphasis on every game we’re playing well. The results will take care of themselves. You’re not worried about results. That’s for everybody else. I fully understand how everybody wants, for the most part, people want people to fail. I fully understand that. So, you protect the players, always. Failing is not always losing. So I don’t put ‘must-wins’ on ‘em, because if you don’t win, you know what? The sky’s not going to fall in, and if you do win, you don’t have your parade.

On the Canucks bringing out quality performances from the Kings:
You know what? It doesn’t matter, quite honest, who we’re playing. Coach against those guys and get your matchups. There’s not enough of a difference in the teams. I don’t see a big difference in how anybody plays, to be quite honest. You’re more concerned with your own group. For example, you’re talking about Vancouver. Well, that means Kopi gets Sedin and Stoll and Richards get Kesler. Same thing as Detroit. Same thing as Boston…Get guys away from other guys. It’s basically what you do.

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Adrian Kempe

#9 | 6′ 2″ | 195 lb | Age: 21

Born: September 13, 1996
Birthplace: Kramfors, SWE
Position: LW
Handedness: Left


Kempe was selected by the Kings in the first round (29th overall) in the 2014 NHL Draft.

Alex Iafallo

#19 | 6′ | 185 lb | Age: 23

Born: December 21, 1993
Birthplace: Eden, NY, USA
Position: C
Handedness: Left


Iafallo was signed by the Kings as an unrestricted free agent on April 18, 2017.

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.

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.