October 23 postgame quotes: Darryl Sutter - LA Kings Insider

On the decision to move Anze Kopitar to the point on the power play:
He still plays the half wall and goes down that side of the ice, so not really anything, other than trying to keep him on the power play. The Carter line’s been hot, and we wanted them up front, so the only way to keep Kopi on the first group was put him with Drew.

On Jake Muzzin’s first game back:
I think he was solid. I think there was a little bit there when Braden, because of the seven minutes that he got, that Muzz had to play more, so you get out of your three-man rotation into a two, and I think it caught him there a little bit, but other than that he was fine.

On Jonathan Quick’s performance:
He was solid. Makes the saves when he had to. Covered pucks well. They went to the net a lot. Played the puck well with his defensemen.

On Quick moving into first place on the team’s all-time shutout list:
Well, I think I said it when you asked it last time, it was just a matter of time, and there’ll be many more.

On the importance of taking advantage of an early home heavy schedule:
We have a tough opponent on Sunday. We’ve had to do it in different ways, different start times and different things going on, so I didn’t really look at it as a home stand, I looked at it as we’ve had a lot to deal with this week, and we handled it well tonight.

On Jeff Carter’s power play goal 36 seconds into the game:
We’ve been good the first period every game. It doesn’t always get you the score you want, but we’ve been good every game the first period we’ve played.

On what the team has been doing well during the winning streak:
The league’s tough. It’s tougher to win than it is to lose. So it’s tough. Any time you can get one and know you played hard, it’s good, so to be able to string some together is also good.

On whether the penalty killing streak is a continuation of what he’s always seen:
Not really. We’ve had to put some new guys into that, if you look at it. [Reporter: Toffoli?] No, I’d say on the back end. We’ve used Tanner and Tyler a little bit more this year, but we used them some last year, too. But I think on the back end, we’ve had to move Drew over to play the left side, and Muzz and Marty are killing penalties now, so we’ll just see how it goes. Penalty killing is always about ebb and flow. We’ll have one game and you’ll be throwing darts at us, and a couple good ones and you’re going, ‘Holy cow.’ [Reporter: Is that even more satisfying knowing you have to mix it up a little bit, and they’re still doing the job out there?] No. That’s not satisfying when you have to mix it up. Satisfying is doing it right and killing. It’s not easy to do. [Reporter: I mean not the guys that are actually doing it, but I’m talking about mixing it up and adding different players in there, and they’re still getting the job done.] Well, as you go forward and players get more experience, they should be able to kill. I mean, players have moved on that were really good killers for us.

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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.