December 9 morning skate quotes: Darryl Sutter - LA Kings Insider

On how the team has “struggled to score”:
It’s one game. We struggled to score – we scored one goal last game. We’ve been scoring three goals a game for six weeks. I’m not too worried about it. We had seventy-something attempts last game. [Reporter: Do you like where you’re at in terms of playing with the puck, then?] Yeah, I think we’ve gotten, for sure, progressively better. Every once in a while there’s a one-off. I don’t know if I can pile six feet of snow on you.

On whether Marian Gaborik will return:
I couldn’t tell you. If he’s there through the songs, and then just leave it up to him. [Reporter: That’s right, multiple songs today.] That’s a good thing, isn’t it? It’s our game.

On having spoken to Ted Nolan about “cows and farms and stuff”:
Yeah, we were just talking about the snow they had and the snow that’s gone.

On Jarret Stoll centering Trevor Lewis and Dustin Brown:
Well, Lewie plays good wherever he plays, and he plays center, left wing or right wing, and a lot of its depended where he’s played this year once, because he was out after the first game for quite a while, and then secondly, because Gabby’s been out for weeks at a time and Kopi’s missed game, so it’s mix-and-match, just about every night.

On the potential for “That 70’s Line” to be reunited tonight:
It’s a good challenge for them. The last time we went on a long road trip they lasted three shifts, and they haven’t played together since. It’s about performance and production. It’s not about what numbers they wear or how sexy it looks. It’s about getting the job done. The most important thing in this league is at the end of the night getting one or two points. Everything else is not really relevant to the game.

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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.