February 3 morning skate quotes: Darryl Sutter - LA Kings Insider

On adjusted defensive pairings:
Not really. We just switched Willie and Muzz. Drew’s playing a lot of minutes, and he just needs a little bit more stability in his own zone from his partner.

On the December 30 Kings-Blackhawks game, a 1-0 Chicago win:
We came from, I think, Ottawa the day before and we had to switch our lineup around a little bit and we were tired and played a good game.
[ed: Sutter is referencing the December 14 game in Chicago]

On Chicago’s backchecking:
I think every team backchecks. [Reporter: Is it their 200-foot game similar to the Kings’?] Yep, I think so. I mean, that’s what most teams do. Play a 200-foot game.

On having a “break” on Sunday to watch the Super Bowl:
Yep, I watched the Super Bowl. Great defense wins championships, and don’t turn it over. Pretty much common in the four major sports. [Reporter: But was it nice just to have a break?] Didn’t get a break. What was the break? I mean, a break is when you get a couple days. There hasn’t been no break. We’ve played 19 games. This’ll be our 19th game in 31 days or whatever it is. So I wouldn’t say we got a break.

On the lack of a designated recovery day since January 22:
Just count. It’s just what I just said. Since the 27th or 28th of December, this’ll be our 19th game. Tough sleddin’.

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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.