December 2 practice notes, Darryl Sutter quotes - LA Kings Insider

Good afternoon from El Segundo. There wasn’t a ton to report from today’s practice, which was separated into two groups. The power play group took the ice first, with a second group taking the ice at 11:00 a.m. and ultimately skating through a width-of-the-ice three-on-three drill, similar to what the team worked on when practicing in southern New Jersey two weeks ago. As of now, the team isn’t scheduled to practice on Thursday.

I spoke with both Dustin Brown and Darryl Sutter after practice to learn more about the variance in one-goal games and overtimes over the last several seasons. Expect a story to come out this afternoon, as well as a story in the next 24 hours that focuses on the Kings’ attendance, marketing and television ratings. The full transcript of my conversation with Sutter is below.

Darryl Sutter, on whether there are any plans for Matt Greene to be around the team more than other injured players because of his tenure and leadership stature:
I was made aware of it yesterday. [Reporter: So it’s still too early to kind of gauge and assess it?] I just go on what you guys say, how long he’s going to be out, and then we’ll decide. He missed the whole year two years ago … it’s not like we’re doing something that’s new to us. We’re actually very familiar with Greener and what he’s had to go through. [Reporter: During that year, was he treated just like any other injured player, or was he around more just because he’s a leader on this team and he wears an A?] Well, once you have surgery, then you start your rehabilitation and your therapy. He has long days ahead of him.

Sutter, on whether the surplus of one-goal games represents league parity, or whether the strong record indicates that the Kings have simply been playing well and winning games:
Well, we played very well last year, too. It was one of the best records in the history of the organization, and the difference between right now and last year at this time would be overtimes. They were one-goal games, too. To answer your question, they were one-goal games. [Reporter: What have you liked just about the overtime, that the Kings are now 4-0 in games decided in overtime?] We’ve managed to score three-on-three. We didn’t play three-on-three last year. [Reporter: Is there anything other than the world-class players on this team that have led the Kings to be better than other teams?] Generally three-on-threes are all teams’ best players on the ice that have the ability to seal the deal for you. I think that – who’s been out on the ice when we’ve sealed the deal? Kopitar, Carter, and I guess Gaborik the game before. Usually Drew, Marty and Muzz. It’s no deep, dark story that you’re trying to write. I mean, one-goal games, if you only base it on last year, why don’t you go the year before, or the year before that? Most games are one-goal games. Take out an empty net, take out an overtime. [Reporter: So do you just see it as a variable year-to-year that there’s not a ton of correlation? Is it random, then?] To answer what you asked, last year it was overtimes. The year before that, the year before, we had an outstanding overtime and we won the Stanley Cup. Last year we didn’t make the playoffs. We had 96 points.

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Jake Muzzin

#6 | 6′ 3″ | 216 lb | Age: 27

Born: Feb 21, 1989
Birthplace: Woodstock, ON, CAN
Position: D
Handedness: Left


Muzzin was drafted in 2007 by the Pittsburgh Penguins, before signing to the Kings in 2010. He has since become the first Woodstock, Ontario professional athlete to win a major sports trophy.

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.

Tyler Toffoli

#73 | 6′ 1″ | 200 lb | Age: 24

Born: April 24, 1992
Birthplace: Scarborough, ON, CAN
Position: C
Handedness: Right


Toffoli is a Canadian professional ice hockey forward, drafted by the Kings in the second round of the 2010 Draft. Toffoli scored his first career NHL goal in his second game in a 4–0 victory over the Phoenix Coyotes in 2013. He was also named the 2012–13 AHL All-Rookie Team.

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.