February 2 practice quotes: Darryl Sutter - LA Kings Insider

On whether the team has been looking ahead to the break:
I don’t think so. I don’t think that looking ahead has anything to do with that. I think our guys do a pretty good job on a day-to-day basis of preparing for their next opponent, not looking too far ahead. [Reporter: Is it too hard not to, though, when you have something that big coming up?] What’s so big coming up? [Reporter: Well, you have six guys going to the Olympics.] Every team has four-to-10, and every team has guys that they think could be playing better, or more, or different. Not really, no.

On what adjustments could be made:
I’m concerned because we haven’t scored lately, but I’m not concerned about how we’ve played, so I’m not making that big a deal of it.

On the Kopitar line’s performance in Saturday’s game:
They had the puck a lot. They played in the O-zone a lot. They made the good plays coming out of their zone. They were connected to the defensemen really well. I think for the most part we did that as a team. [Reporter: Toffoli had a career high in shots, the second highest minutes he’s ever had in a game. What was he adding to Kopitar’s line?] Hopefully he adds some finish.

On recording 35 shots and whether he’d be concerned if the opportunities were lacking:
Yes, and you wouldn’t even be here today, quite honest – I guarantee you wouldn’t be here – if the shots were the other way and we’d have won two-nothing. So it’s not always about that.

Whether he’ll be rooting for the Denver Broncos:

Just Manning, I think. I’m not sure I’ve had any of my teams in the last three games I’ve watched. It’ll be fun though. I think I want Manning to win.

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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.