November 25 morning skate quotes: Darryl Sutter

On how he’d assess this trip:
I think I said it. I think we’ve played well. Penalties have hurt us a little bit in certain games, but I think our power play and our penalty killing actually have kept us in games and have given us a chance every game, and we could’ve just as easily won all four … it’s a different team than we’ve played, that’s for sure.

On Drew Doughty:
If you don’t see him that often, he’s obviously a special player. He plays all situations. He plays a lot of minutes, and it doesn’t bother him to play minutes, either. You want to keep him in those mid-20’s, but there are games where it’s the other way. Pretty dominant player, only gets better. [Reporter: How much has he improved since you’ve been with him?] I think that the maturity, the wanting to be a part of that leadership group, being a more vocal guy in terms of the direction with the young guys, I would say, is the biggest one. That’s natural for him, and he wants that, so that’s a good thing.

On Victor Hedman:
I think the more of those young top defensemen like that get playoff experience, the better they get. If you look at Drew, he had three big runs in a row. With Hedman, he has a big run. You know those guys, the game’s easy for ‘em, but I think they learn a lot more in those pressure big games, how much they’re counted on and how much better they can be.

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