January 30 morning skate quotes: Darryl Sutter - LA Kings Insider

On there being a collection of quality centers in tonight’s game:
We’re not worried about Crosby and Malkin. We have good centermen. We’re used to having our centermen playing well.

On whether Pittsburgh provides one of the most challenging match-ups:
I think every team in the league is trying to strengthen themselves down the middle. I thinkevery team that we’ve played has that type of player. That’s why we’re a good team. We have good centermen. I’m sure they’re talking about our centermen.

On how the team treated Wednesday:
It was all maintenance day yesterday. We didn’t get to sleep in. We came here and had a light workout, what we call the flush ride and do some treatments and get ready for today.

On what he looks at –in game with Toffoli to determine whether to give him more minutes:
I don’t look at whether he’s deserving of more minutes. I look at the whole package. We need four lines.

On what he considers a “light” workout:
A lot of times you’ll get a bike ride in after the game or a flush ride, get some of the lactic acid out, get some of the tightness out. When you’re traveling, you don’t get to do that very often. So yesterday was the first day we were able to do that.

On whether it’s a complement that Pittsburgh considers Los Angeles and Boston similar teams:
Not really. We’re not Boston. It doesn’t matter what the other team says…we concentrate on our own game.

On how many actual practices have been held in 2014:
You’ve been here, Jon, for every one of them. Enough to count. [Reporter: One or two.] I don’t know. I mean, as a team, we have top guys that haven’t literally practiced since Christmas because of the minutes they’ve played during a game. Other than the game day, or on the last trip what we did, we didn’t skate gamedays. We’re just trying to back ‘em into the gate, and let ‘em go.[Reporter: Did you see more energy out of it?] We were awesome. Heck, we were great yesterday and great today. I’ve got no problem with that.

On Dustin Brown moving to the right side:
He plays both sides. He’s done that for as long as I’ve been here. He’s quite adept at going to both sides.

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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.