February 25 practice quotes: Darryl Sutter - LA Kings Insider

On how the “fourth line” affected the team’s momentum Tuesday night:
In the second period they gave us momentum. We’ve played ‘em quite a bit because we wanted a physical part of our game, and Cliffy and Jorday have got to bring that. It’s strictly related to that. Cliffy tries to bring it every night, and Jordy has struggled with the consistency of that. So when he’s on, you try and play him. Basically, any more than that, you get shifts based on that. [Reporter: Do you think Jordan’s getting better at the consistency side?] It’s four years. It’s his fourth year of it. [Reporter: I don’t mean to elevate one guy over that line, but Nick Shore, does he have an intuition and an understanding-] These guys have got to produce, very simple. He’s played, what, 13 or 14 games? So we need some more. We’ve given him some penalty killing stuff to try and keep his minutes up. He’s a smart player, but we’re going to need more – clearly we need more as we go forward if we want to be a playoff team. I don’t spend a whole lot of time letting marginal minutes players off the hook. They’ve either got it early in the game, or they don’t, and hopefully I made the right decision before the game. [Reporter: Over the games he’s played, what’s he doing well and what’s he not doing well?] Nick Shore? He’s played fine. But you’ve got to be careful who he’s out on the ice against. At home it’s easier. On the road it’ll be a bigger challenge. He’s struggled on the road against top players.

On strong work by the power play on Tuesday night:
Power plays run hot and cold. Could’ve had four goals last night. We changed it up a little bit, put some different guys in places that we wanted them to see if it would help. Justin has been historically a good power play player, and we’ve sort of not been using him there just because of the way it’s set up. Muzz has been having drouble getting pucks through to the net, so last night he got one through to the net and Willie tipped it in. It’s a little different for our power play, obviously. Again, it goes back to not having Voynov on it. It takes a lot of that away. At the end of the day, we shouldn’t be defending a one-nothing lead late in the game. We had five or six [high quality chances]. It comes to mind Gabby, Kopi had for sure four great opportunities, two-on-ones. Got to finish. It’s tough to win one-nothing. You know what? They’re two of the best teams in the league at negating quality chances and odd-man rushes against. I’d say the biggest reason our team has played better lately, it’s got nothing to do with power play or anything like that. There are no odd-man rushes against. Give this the odd-man rushes against, you should score and you’re going to score.

On “the right point position” on the power play without Slava Voynov available:
The right point position? Drew Doughty’s a right point position guy. I like Drew Doughty. We need two guys.

On Kyle Clifford (stick tap to Lisa Dillman):
I think there’s still a big upside. He’s a guy who wants to improve and will improve. He’s got a great work ethic and he’s really been an important part of playing his role on our team, which you need on a good team. And he wants to play a bigger role. You forget how young he is. He’ll play a bigger role as he continues to improve. I’m glad he doesn’t have to look at it where he is thinking about his contract this summer. He’s got a young family. I’m happy for him.

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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.