It’s the battle of the coaching brothers tonight, as Darryl Sutter’s Kings take on Brent Sutter’s Calgary Flames, but the two points in the standings are far more important than family pride. The brothers’ teams have already played twice this season, and before the last game in Los Angeles, nobody even asked Darryl Sutter about the brother matchup. In Calgary, though, it’s apparently as big a story as ever, as both Sutters were asked about the storyline that’s now two months old. Not surprisingly, both brothers brought it back to the playoff race. The Kings have 86 points, one more than Calgary, but also have played one fewer game.
BRENT SUTTER: ““It’s a storyline for everyone outside both teams’ dressing rooms. This is the Kings and the Flames. That’s what it’s about. It’s not about Darryl and I, at all. Neither of us look at it that way, and we never have. It is what it is, and we understand that, but that being said, they’re fighting for the same thing we want, and that’s the magnitude of the game. … The schedule is winding down and these games are massive, obviously, with the standings situation. Tonight now becomes the biggest game of the season. When it’s over, the next one will.’’
DARRYL SUTTER: “It’s really important for everybody. There are top teams, there are teams with a chance of winning a division and then there’s a bunch of guys fighting for seventh and eighth place.”