December 4 practice quotes: Darryl Sutter - LA Kings Insider

On whether he has liked Marian Gaborik’s recent performances and production:
Yeah, he’s moving well. Just getting in those areas where he’s got to get to to score. I think he’s a little more efficient. [Reporter: And the connection with him and Kopitar?] Hey, one guy’s a great playmaker and one guy’s a great scorer, so it should work. [Reporter: It should, but they keep saying, ‘ah, it’s not as good as it could be,’ that kind of thing.] I think Kopi has pretty high standards of what he expects out of his [linemates]. He expects a lot. Not of himself, but who he’s with, too, and I think when they’re on, he enjoys it, and when they’re not, then he gets upset about it.

On Trevor Lewis leaving practice early:
Hard practice, and [he was] dinged up a little bit, so he left. [Reporter: Is he available tomorrow?] I don’t know. I literally just did it this morning, so we’ll see how the day goes.

On Matt Greene’s shoulder surgery this morning:
Home resting. Sore. Real sore, yeah. They had to shave him. He’ll be sore. [Reporter: But didn’t find anything unexpected?] No. They knew exactly the procedure they had to do. It’ll be a while. Long-term.

On Tyler Toffoli not scoring at his earlier rate this season:
Tyler’s been struggling in his game. He hasn’t been as sharp. What’s he got now, two in the last – he had nine in the first 10 – so he’s got two in about 14. He hasn’t played as well lately. He’s been talking about it – sort of like with Gabby – skating and those things, getting more good opportunities. He had two great ones last game. He shot right into the glove, one was, I think, he couldn’t get it up. As long as he’s getting good chances, and if he’s not, then you’ve got a problem. [Reporter: So, just to be clear, the chances that you’re seeing, there’s no ebb or flow?] He’s got to finish [or] it doesn’t do any good.

On Drew Doughty’s minutes:
Yeah, you’ve got to overlook some of that because of all the overtimes we’ve had, when you think about it. Even though you look at it like Kopi, who’s probably two minutes, it’s up because of that. How many overtimes have we had? In the last 10, quite a few. It’s funny, I was asked that before, and I was thinking about it with Kopi, actually Kopi, his minutes are down, actually, from other years. We haven’t used four lines as much as we have in the past, and Drew, I think the four-on-four, and again, Drew, I bet his penalty [-killing] minutes [are up], other than having to kill his penalties. It’s driving a couple minutes away from him, going over to that rest box. I used to tell my son when he was little, I said, ‘Brett, why do you always go over to that penalty box?’ He said, ‘I can see good from there.’ [Reporter: You know, there’s some logic to that.] Yeah, when you’re little. Get a better view.

On what he wants to see from his bench in close, late-game situations:
Play our game, possession game. That’s what we do. Just don’t make the big mistake and hang on to the puck as much as you can. It’s not really something that changes very much with us. It’s not going to change much. We’re still trying to hang on to the puck as much as we can and not play in your own zone. Any time the other goalie can make a save or get you a whistle, you’re down there. Don’t miss the net.

On whether he sees any difference from Sidney Crosby this year, compared to recent years:
I don’t. Actually, I think he’s playing a really strong, I guess what we’d call a ‘200-foot game.’ I think his numbers are down, but if you look at them now, he’s playing on that line with Kunitz and Dupuis, and when you put that line out, it saws off any line in the league. Maybe he’s playing a more complete game, even more so. Their lineup is deep. It’s like four good lines deep, the way have guys spread around. They have Hornqvist playing the third line, and Eric Fehr and Matt Cullen are on the fourth line with the Russian boy, so pretty deep. Everybody’s talking about it because Crosby’s numbers are down, but the team’s not getting enough credit for goals-against. It’s probably one of the best they’ve ever had. They’re playing a game that’s more suited for success. … When you ask about Sid, it’s probably the whole team’s like that. They’re playing a more complete game, and they’re coming off scoring five in San Jose and dominating the game, when you look at it. I watched their last home game – it’s always good to watch – and that was against Edmonton, and then part of the San Jose game. We know what we’re getting in to.

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.