April 12 practice quotes: Darryl Sutter - LA Kings Insider

On whether any difference with the Sharks under Peter DeBoer, compared to Todd McLellan:
Both are extremely good coaches. Both are proven coaches. Both guys I am familiar with. Other than adding some experience in terms of personnel, it’s still the same group, basically. Adding guys like Martin and Ward obviously give them some experience. It’s the biggest difference.

On whether the 2014 playoff series influences this series:
You’ll have to talk to them. It doesn’t affect us at all. The teams are pretty familiar with each other. We’re close in terms of style, standings, all the critical stats, if you take any of that … if it makes any difference at all. I think it doesn’t. It starts over. Everybody’s at zero. The roster changes. If you’re going back to two years ago, then two years ago it didn’t affect it when the Sharks beat the Kings [in 2011]. It doesn’t. It has no bearing on anything.

On Marian Gaborik:
Not available. [Reporter: Not available?] No. [Reporter: For the whole series?] I’m not God. I’m not a doctor. I’m closer to a veterinarian than a doctor. [Reporter: So just for Game 1, right now?] You’re not getting any information from us. Basically what happens with the media, and I put up with it all season, but I’m not doing it in playoffs. I have no desire to give you any information on the stitches anybody got or what’s wrong with them or ‘how long he’s going to be’ or ‘his wife’s in labor.’ You’re not getting any of that from me. All it does is hurt our team because the information goes directly from [us.] It should never come from the team, to the media, to the other team. All it does is help. This is a sport where you get the [—-] beat out of you in one of our series, so if you’re only asking about somebody that’s got an injury, well, I guarantee you there are probably 10 or 12 guys that do. There’s no 23-man roster, there’s no injury list, there’s no nothing when playoffs start. Basically, everybody’s hurt. If you get any of that from hockey, that hurts us. That hurts your team.

On the season series against San Jose:
It was a high-scoring series, when you look at it, the five games. So I’m going to predict that it’s a high-scoring, wide open series.

-stick tap to Joshua Cooper for the audio

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Born: September 13, 1996
Birthplace: Kramfors, SWE
Position: LW
Handedness: Left


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#19 | 6′ | 185 lb | Age: 23

Born: December 21, 1993
Birthplace: Eden, NY, USA
Position: C
Handedness: Left


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#11 | 6′ 3″ | 224 lb | Age: 29

Born: August 24, 1987
Birthplace: Jesenice, SVN
Position: C
Handedness: Left


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#8 | 6′ 1″ | 195 lb | Age: 26

Born: December 8, 1989
Birthplace: London, ON, CAN
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Handedness: Right


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Born: January 1, 1985
Birthplace: London, ON, CAN
Position: C
Handedness: Right


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Birthplace: Milford, CT, USA
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Handedness: Left


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