December 14 morning skate quotes: Darryl Sutter

On whether the team is back to playing “Kings hockey”:
I don’t think we play much different than anybody else. We’ve played really well on this trip, and we played really well on our last trip, so we’re just trying to continue that.

On whether the team’s starts have been a concern:
We don’t give up much. Again, it’s not specific to our team. Generally, teams that score the first goal, when you’re up by a goal, it’s to your advantage, always. It doesn’t matter. It’s not easy on the road to do that. I’ve said it lots – the only advantage coaches have on the road is being the home team coach gets the last change. Other than that, there’s no advantage anymore.

On whether Drew Doughty gets enough respect in the Eastern Conference:
Well, he should. He’s won two Stanley Cups against Eastern Conference champions and been a major part of it, so if they don’t know him, then they don’t watch hockey very much.

On the significance of tying Marc Crawford for 15th place in games coached:

I couldn’t care less who I tied. I’ve coached in three decades now, parts of three decades. More important, for sure, is playoff games, not regular season games, for sure, so that’s a way higher standard for me than that there. [Reporter: Still enjoying it as much as when you first broke in?] Better. [Reporter: Oh yeah? How come?] Why not?

On whether Trevor Lewis will join the team on the trip, and whether he’s still in California:
That’s two questions, and yes, hopefully he will join the trip, and yes, he still is back home.

On whether he enjoys the Eastern Canada swing:
Well, Montreal and Toronto are Original six teams. First off, being a fan of the game, actually, Ottawa, if you look at the Stanley Cup and the whole part of it, Ottawa is on the Stanley Cup. That means a lot, too. As I said, it’s been around a long time.

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