April 6 morning skate notes: Darryl Sutter; Jon Bradley photographs - LA Kings Insider

On his assessment of Nick Shore’s line from Tuesday’s game:
I think they had a rough first period and really good second and third periods [Reporter: Do you see natural chemistry between Nick Shore and Dustin Brown? It seems like maybe off the ice too, which is something I’ve asked them a little bit about.] I don’t know – you’d have to ask them about it. They’ve played together lots, and last year King and Shore and Lewis was supposed to replace the Jarret Stoll line for us, so now Brownie’s there.

On whether he’s “disappointed” in Adrian Kempe and his recent lack of scoring:
No, not disappointed at all. I think it’s a long time since this team’s had a 21-year-old in their lineup, so he’s got lots to learn about being consistent and every shift and every game. He’s got lots to learn about it, so there’s lots to learn. You’re not going to learn just by playing. You’re going to learn by watching and by listening and things like that. I didn’t like taking him out tonight, but it’s the same thing – we have another young player in Andreoff who hasn’t played lately, so I wanted to get Andy back in. Dowd moved back in last game and Shore deserved to stay in the lineup, so I didn’t take them out tonight. Tanner scored, so I left him in the lineup tonight. There are a lot of guys in that same group. Again, I keep saying we’re in the position we’re in because we haven’t had the consistency from a lot of players that are guys that haven’t played much that are still trying to prove themselves in the league. It’s not a ‘challenge’ to them, but it’s their opportunity to take full advantage of getting to play. You’ve got to do it by position. Adrian can play two positions, but Andy getting back in tonight, so your four centermen are your four centermen from last game. If one of them didn’t play well, hey, Adrian’s going in. It’s not that hard to figure out. The players see it and understand it, and it’s our job just to make a tough decision for them.

On whether Jordan Nolan is “day-to-day”:
I couldn’t tell you. I went on the ice today and I was trying to figure out who the hell wasn’t out there, and I figured out halfway through he wasn’t out there, so that’s about as much as I can [share]. We want guys really interested in practicing and playing tonight.

Morning skate photos, courtesy of Jon Bradley (follow him on Instagram here):

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#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.

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#73 | 6′ 1″ | 200 lb | Age: 24

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


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


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Born: January 21, 1986
Birthplace: Milford, CT, USA
Position: G
Handedness: Left


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