November 29 morning skate quotes: Darryl Sutter - LA Kings Insider

On whether the Blackhawks are different at all from last year:
No. Very little. I mean, if you look at it from the last time we played ‘em and now, their five defensemen who play a lot are still the same five guys, and their big guys who play a lot are still the same guys. Their team, when you do all the numbers and all those stat things, they are the best team in the league right now.

On whether he moves Jeff Carter between center and wing based on how the Kings are playing, or based on how the opponent matches up:
I think both. I think when we went into this last trip…the top end of our forward group has really been up and down and inconsistent, when you look at it. The only group we haven’t split up lately is Stolly, Brownie and Willie because they’ve played well. Everybody else has had good games, bad games, trouble together, all that stuff. Until that sorts out, you know what? We’re playing three different defensemen than we did last year. The forwards are going to have to continue to take on different responsibilities. But with Jeff, Jeff has had trouble offensively lately, too. So it’s not really a position move for him. We put him with Tanner and Lewie a little bit to get some more speed there, quite honest. It was showing up that there wasn’t enough there, and with Kopi, you know what? Hey, we’re 20-something games in, and the clip is not – hey, it’s a 10-point clip. We don’t look at Kopi as a big goal guy, but we certainly look at him as a point every-other-game guy. For sure. For sure. So we just need a little bit more of it.

On recent improvements in curtailing shots against:
It’s irrelevant. You just don’t say ‘change defensemen’ and you’re going to automatically play the way you did. You have some guys who, quite honest, don’t have the experience, which means they don’t have the consistency in your game. And if you say ‘shots are coming down,’ you know what they come down? Do it. It’s 28-to-32. So it’s four-or-five a game, so again, it can be askew by the guys taking shots, it can be one shift – you look at the last game we played, just off the top of my head – a lot came on one or two shifts. One or two shifts. So you just see who’s on the ice, and see how you can improve that player a little bit. And a lot of it is our puck play. We had the puck before a lot of that stuff happens, and because you turn the puck over, three or four [shots] come out of it. So when you look at it logically, break it out, then it’s not as hard to figure out, or it’s more just getting the detail in individuals and then the expectations. Hey, it’s not just as easy as everyone thinks.

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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.