April 30 morning skate quotes: Darryl Sutter - LA Kings Insider

Opening statement:
Supposed to be a fast track in the Kentucky Derby. Bet on California Chrome.

On whether the play in the Game 5 win in San Jose could carry over to tonight:
You know, you’ve got to win on the road. We learned that last year in St. Louis. You’ve got to win on the road at some time. With the divisions, the way they are, you’re going to have to win on the road and win in your division so you’re really familiar with the rinks. That’s the way it is now. Those teams are talking about winning the Stanley Cup. I think first off, you better figure out how to win in your division.

On whether Matt Greene will play:
Yep. [Reporter: What’s the prognosis for Willie?…What does it look like?] Obviously, he’s not playing tonight. Hopefully there’s a chance that if there’s some sort of miracle that we could win tonight, that maybe we could get him back again this year.

On what Greene brings:
A lot of what Willie brings, except he shoots right.

On what the difference has been from the earlier games in the series:
Six, seven, four, three, zero, one. Goals against. I think that’s right. Six, seven, four, three, zero, one. [Reporter: Does that have to do with your goaltending, or more of the team’s system?] I think a combination of a lot of things. It’s not one thing. The team just doesn’t rely on a goalie, or a team just doesn’t rely on one player. I think it’s the whole package.

On whether allowing 13 goals over the first two teams “woke some guys up”:
No, I thought we played really good in Game 2. I think, quite honest, at the end of the day, San Jose thought they were going to beat us easy.

On whether line changes or other factors have sparked the turnaround:
You know, Bret, it’s not just the line changes. It’s minutes played. This series was set up – there were four days before the start and then a two-day break between one and two, and I think that really affects not just us, but both teams, how they use players, because if you’re healthy, you think your top end’s going to get two or three more shifts during the game, or maybe two or three more minutes out of somebody, and it shortens other guys up. But I think as the series go along, and you guys know, as the series go along, it puts importance on more players being involved. So your guys who maybe only playing seven or eight have got to give you 10 or 12, and your guys that, other than your Doughtys and Thorntons and Kopitars, maybe those guys who are in the 20s are back in the 17, 18s. I think that’s more important than the line changes. I think that both teams have…guys that play a lot of positions, and that’s something that we’ve seen against each other a lot, not just this year, but then you have the playoffs last year, too.

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Adrian Kempe

#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.