February 24 morning skate quotes: Darryl Sutter - LA Kings Insider

On playing indoors against Detroit tonight:
We’ve had a lot of different, if you look at it, the last little bit, in terms of colored jerseys and different venues. [Reporter: Kopi was saying it was a big spectacle, and as cool as it was, are you glad that that’s kind of over with, and you guys can kind of get back to normalcy now with the routine?] I think the outdoor game is spectacular, the whole part of it. The game almost becomes a little bit of a- [Reporter: Afterthought.] Right? With everything that goes on, and you see the crowd, and how great they are, and a lot of different people get to go to a game, when you think about it. With us playing twice in California, with three teams, so that’s cool. It is what it is. I mean, they’re a division game, and move on. When it was over, it was over. You answer questions, and it’s over. I think for the most part guys have, as I said, we’ve been fortunate to be able to play two years in a row, and that’s probably good.

On whether Jordan Nolan has taken advantage of an opportunity with his recent play:
He’s got to take advantage of opportunity, very clear. I mean, you’ve got guys that went in and out of the lineup for two or three years. Take advantage of the opportunity. We’re trying to make the playoffs. [Reporter: Is that line really kind of back into an energy role?] I’m not sure if it’s energy, but I think that Shore has given them an element of puck possession and making plays, and Kyle, I’ve said along, is a mainstay somewhere in there, so it’s who the other two guys are. It’s not really a line for me. It’s how they’re playing, and how they’re doing, and they better have their foot on the right pedal. [Reporter: But a little bit of offense, too, here and there, right?] Jordan’s scored lately, so that’s good for your confidence too, but his game’s not going to change. He better play a power game or he’s going to have trouble.

On whether there has been any “message” for Jordan Nolan not to fight as frequently:
He’s got to get involved, he better get involved, and the other team better know it.

On what stands out in helping contribute to Detroit’s pace of play:
Their forwards.

On last night’s Detroit-Anaheim game:
I thought Detroit dominated the game for the most part, and Anaheim took advantage of opportunities in the third. Big rebounds, took advantage of it. That’s what Anaheim’s done all year, is score big goals. That’s why they’re first in the division.

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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.