April 22 morning skate quotes: Darryl Sutter - LA Kings Insider

On when he gets an in-game sense of which players are playing well, and which aren’t:
Generally we know our team well enough. Most of these guys have been together, so you can pretty much tell right away.

On whether Los Angeles will utilize new line combinations:
Well, we’re in better position than we were last game to decide, anyways. Hopefully we can do it not after warm-up. [Reporter: In the sense of your back end, there, is in better shape?] Yeah. So it does help us.

On whether San Jose was challenging to prepare for because of lineup additions:
No, I think we were pretty sure. We had just played you guys a week before, and we knew Hertl was coming back and Raffi was close…You know what? I think Scotty Hannan got banged up a couple games [prior]. We knew their lineup, where they can slot guys. I mean, quite honest, for me looking at it, the biggest thing was whether Little Joe and Big Joe would play together.

On what Los Angeles expects from Colin Fraser:
Well, we know Colin Fraser. He’s been here for a number of years, so that’s what you expect. We know what kind of player he is. He’s been hurt, went down during the Olympic break and had a hand injury, so he was just getting back, so it’s better he’s here. I think Manch starts, the playoffs start down there, so we just thought it was better Linden was down there playing and Fras was ready to play here.

On whether a change of scenery will benefit Los Angeles:
Yeah, I think so, as long as you don’t take it for granted. You don’t get wins because you change scenery.

On the atmosphere inside Staples Center:
Well, we have great fans. It’s probably similar. Obviously San Jose is known as a loud building. Hopefully we can have that same energy in here. It’s been like that – they’re experienced at it here.

On Joe Pavelski as a third line center as opposed to a first line wing:
Well, quite honest, it puts a 40-goal scorer on a different line, which I think gets overlooked with San Jose if you do it by games. It’s not just him when you do it by goals or production this year. It sort of goes back to what Randy was saying. Production, games played – they’ve got a 40-goal scorer, three 30-goal scorers and a 20-goal scorer, and then Thornton, who’s got 60-something assists. You know what? There’s a lot of ammo over there, and if they move it around, it puts a little bit more pressure on other guys.

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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.