December 29 postgame quotes: Darryl Sutter - LA Kings Insider

On relying on different players in the win:
Yeah, it’s a good win for our team, it’s a tough back-to-back coming in.

On getting Dwight King back in the lineup:
I think he uses his body really well and protects pucks, is smart with the puck. Good to have his energy in the lineup tonight.

On opening up an 11-point division lead, and whether that’s “different” from past years:
We clinched a playoff spot two or three years ago with two or three weeks left, too. That’s all you’re trying to do, is make the playoffs.

On Michael Mersch getting rewarded for his work down low:
Yeah, I thought he was effective tonight. I thought that line and the Lewis line really helped us out. Kopi had a lot packed in the last few days in terms of ice time, that line, so we needed to get a little bit more out of some other guys tonight.

On Jonathan Quick’s effort over the past two games:
I don’t think it’s about effort with Jonathan. Jonathan Quick? It’s not about effort. He’s a great goalie, and most nights he gives you a chance to win. You know what? I said that last night. It’s not just on the ice what he does for us, he’s one of our captains. He’s an important player for us.