February 27 morning skate notes, Darryl Sutter quotes - LA Kings Insider

Good afternoon from St. Paul, Insiders. So. We have a lot to talk about. Let’s get down to brass tacks.

First of all, there is a game tonight against the conference-leading Minnesota Wild (5:00 p.m. PT / NBCSN / KABC 790 / I Heart Radio). After taking the ice at 11:30 a.m., the Kings aligned thusly:

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-Jonathan Quick was the first goalie to leave the ice and will be expected to start against Minnesota. Jordan Nolan, who did not return after getting tangled up with Korbinian Holzer during the second period of Saturday’s win over Anaheim, was not present.

-I’ll have some stories up throughout the day on Anze Kopitar and Ben Bishop, the latter of whom skated this morning and remained on the ice for some extra work. Kopitar, on whether he wants – and feels he needs – the team to acquire a scoring winger that he could play alongside: “Would I want it? For sure. Do we need it? I think it is [needed]. But at the same time, you can’t just throw something at a deal that doesn’t make any sense. Obviously at the end of the day we’ll just see if it happens or not.” Kopitar said that his game and the team’s game didn’t change with Budaj in net, and praised the newest Lightning goaltender for what he meant to the Kings this season. “Obviously he did a great job for us and getting the seven shutouts, that was huge for us.”

-On playing for a team that was described as having a “winning pedigree,” Bishop said, “Yeah, it’s exciting. We got a little taste of it the last few years in Tampa with going to the Final and then the conference finals last year, so it’s one of those things when you get used to it you kind of expect it and you want to go far, and when you go to a team like this they all expect to be in the playoffs and expect to go far, so when you have that type of mindset, it’s exciting and hopefully I can come in and just help out and get as many wins as possible down the stretch.” Bishop was wearing his electric blue Lightning helmet but said he has a new mask coming. “The blue and black, they don’t go together too well but we’ll make it work,” he said.

-Minnesota coach Bruce Boudreau, on what he expects from Los Angeles tonight: “I mean, everyone in the west keeps winning. Calgary is winning, Nashville is winning, so we’re playing a desperate hockey club, and I know exactly how good they can be when they’re desperate. They’re not going to cheat the game one iota. If we’re not ready to play our best game coming out of the break in a while, then we won’t be very succesful.” The Wild are expected to have both Martin Hanzal and Ryan White in the lineup tonight, per Boudreau. “If planes work on time, then we should have both of ’em here,” he said. Devan Dubnyk is expected to start in net for the Wild, who held an optional morning skate. For the home team’s expected line combinations, check out Daily Faceoff.

Darryl Sutter, on how Ben Bishop will be incorporated into the lineup:
Well, the trade deadline is the same time every year, or around the trade deadline, so lots of teams make acquisitions and acclimate players. I don’t think we’re unlike anybody else.

Sutter, on any process to get Bishop familiar with the West, which he hasn’t been a part of since 2010-11:
No, I think goalies do a lot of video work with goaltending consultants or goaltending coaches, so I think he’d be pretty familiar playing. He’s a playoff-proven guy, so he’s obviously played against other conferences, and he played in the St. Louis organization, so I’m sure he’d be quite familiar with most players.

Sutter, on having another “elite” goaltender while Jonathan Quick returns:
Well, first off, Jonathan Quick can’t play every game. I mean, he has a long-term contract, which means that you want him to fulfill that contract and be a healthy player, whenever if that’s in three, for or five years, and I don’t think you’re going to with the injuries that he’s had the last three or four years, you’re certainly not going to nail him to the cross here in the next six weeks.

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#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.