December 1 morning skate quotes: Darryl Sutter

On Christian Ehrhoff playing in a platoon-type situation:
It is. [Reporter: So have you seen anything from Christian Ehrhoff where you’d be inclined to make adjustments on that?] He had a strong game last game. We’ll evaluate it after the game.

On whether defensemen joining the Kings have an adjustment period:
No. [Reporter: Should be able to pick it up pretty easily?] Yeah. If you have the desire and the will to do it, it’s pretty easy. [Reporter: Same for a forward, or is there any more or less adjustment for a defenseman?] For a veteran, other than a change of conferences, there’s zero adjustment. If they have any hockey sense, literally in the systems part of it, it’s probably two or three feet [of a difference] or making contact in areas that we expect. Other than that, either you will or you won’t.

On Tanner Pearson skating to the left of Anze Kopitar and Marian Gaborik:
Tanner’s got good hockey sense. You know he’s going to help Kopi a lot in those situations that he probably wasn’t getting the help before. But I think at the same time, Tanner can also give you some size and some forecheck, and some net presence. [Reporter: Because you had been concerned about Kopi’s wingers earlier.] We still are. We still need production out of ‘em. Gabby at the end of the trip, the last two games of the trip, I thought played really well, and then he came home and played well, so we want him to sort of manifest that into some consistency.

On Ehrhoff’s adjustment:
He’s a veteran player that’s still got a good skill set, and it’s not any different than it was October 1. You’re looking for consistency, and you’re looking for guys who play to win and do it every night.

On Vancouver’s game in Anaheim on Monday:
Well, they play a skill, fast, work game, and I think Anaheim took it to ‘em early. You get the lead, whether it’s one goal or two goals, you get one goal back in there somewhere, or you give up goals at critical times, it’s hard on your team, and if you look at it, it’s no different in that game. They could’ve weathered the storm in the first period and come out down one. They gave up a late goal in that period, and they give up an early goal in the third period. There’s such momentum changes in games.

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