December 9 morning skate quotes: Darryl Sutter

On how the team has “struggled to score”:
It’s one game. We struggled to score – we scored one goal last game. We’ve been scoring three goals a game for six weeks. I’m not too worried about it. We had seventy-something attempts last game. [Reporter: Do you like where you’re at in terms of playing with the puck, then?] Yeah, I think we’ve gotten, for sure, progressively better. Every once in a while there’s a one-off. I don’t know if I can pile six feet of snow on you.

On whether Marian Gaborik will return:
I couldn’t tell you. If he’s there through the songs, and then just leave it up to him. [Reporter: That’s right, multiple songs today.] That’s a good thing, isn’t it? It’s our game.

On having spoken to Ted Nolan about “cows and farms and stuff”:
Yeah, we were just talking about the snow they had and the snow that’s gone.

On Jarret Stoll centering Trevor Lewis and Dustin Brown:
Well, Lewie plays good wherever he plays, and he plays center, left wing or right wing, and a lot of its depended where he’s played this year once, because he was out after the first game for quite a while, and then secondly, because Gabby’s been out for weeks at a time and Kopi’s missed game, so it’s mix-and-match, just about every night.

On the potential for “That 70’s Line” to be reunited tonight:
It’s a good challenge for them. The last time we went on a long road trip they lasted three shifts, and they haven’t played together since. It’s about performance and production. It’s not about what numbers they wear or how sexy it looks. It’s about getting the job done. The most important thing in this league is at the end of the night getting one or two points. Everything else is not really relevant to the game.

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