The Kings are on the ice for their morning skate right now — Anze Kopitar is participating, in case there was any lingering concern — and the media has already had its turn with the Flames. Questions were split, with half focusing on Michael Cammalleri’s return and the other half focusing on the Sutter vs. Sutter battle. Calgary captain Jarome Iginla talked about facing Darryl Sutter, his former coach with the Flames, and Flames coach Brent Sutter, Darryl’s younger brother, did his best to shrug off any suggestion that the game held any extra significance to him.
BRENT SUTTER: “It’s a conference game, two teams that are obviously wanting to get into the dance here in April and are very close in the standings. There’s a pack of teams that are all wanting to push to get there.’’
Question: Are you going to be glad to get this game behind you?
BRENT SUTTER: “I guess that’s the neat thing about it. It’s not even an issue with us. It is with everyone else, but with us, it’s not. It’s L.A. vs. Calgary. To be honest, I haven’t really given it much thought. It’s making sure that we’re up to our standards. It’s not the first time brothers have coached against each other, and it won’t be the last. It’s not that big, it really isn’t. My whole thing, the past 48 hours, has been making sure that the team is ready to play up to our standards, and I’m sure he’s doing the same thing with our hockey team.’’
Question: Is there any extra competitiveness, facing your brother?
BRENT SUTTER: “Sure there’s competitiveness. We’re on opposite sides. It’s no different than when we played or when we were young kids. Sure you want to win. That’s going to be there, there’s no question, but to think there’s anything more than that, there’s not.’’
Question: Are you going to let the officials know that you’re the Sutter to trust?
BRENT SUTTER: “We’re both grumpy behind the bench.’’
Here were Iginla’s thoughts about the game. Iginla spent parts of eight seasons with Sutter, when Sutter served as coach and then general manager.
IGINLA: “I imagine that, with Darryl’s first game back, the fans will be into it, and also with the sibling rivalry. Growing up, you always want to beat your brother. So we’d like to win this game for a number of reasons, but mostly it’s just the standings. I’m sure Brent would like to win and I’m sure Darryl would like to win.’’
Question: Will it be weird, at all, to see him behind the bench?
IGINLA: “Over the years, you see so many different things. The biggest thing is usually just trades, when a teammate is here one day and then they’re gone and you have a new one. You get used to it over the years. With him behind the bench, I don’t think it will be as weird for the guys who had him as a coach. For the guys who just had him as a general manager, it might be a little different, for sure. We definitely have a lot of respect for him. He’s a great coach, but we’d like to beat him tonight.’’