December 31 morning skate quotes: Darryl Sutter - LA Kings Insider

On the road trip:
We’ve managed to win, scored some goals, got good goaltending. The power plays and special teams have been good, so generally that bodes well on the road for you.

On the impact of Dwight King’s return to the lineup:
It’s always good to get a guy – we’ve played without lots of guys this year, quite honest, that are overlooked, I think with Kinger and Lewis and Cliffy and Greener, for extended periods of time, so it’s good when we got Trevor back and then you get Kinger back. It’s good to get those guys that you’re familiar with. They jump right in as long as they’re conditioned for it and they understand how we want to play. It’s not really much of an adjustment for them.

On fluidity of lines, and whether he had anticipated King-Lewis-Brown earlier:
Well, really the lines aren’t always changing. [Reporter: But was that you something that you had anticipated at the start of the season and preseason as being something?] No, we’re trying to get some more strength in the center of the ice, and Lewie has some ability to play all three positions. We haven’t been very good there.

On his New Year’s Resolution:
Yeah, I do, but they’re not public. [laughs]

On what he has seen of Calgary:
Well, obviously we haven’t played them yet live. I think when we watch them, there are similarities in terms of both teams have a lot of young players. They’ve had their ups and downs, and I think a big difference for their club is if you look at their records, a lot of it’s based around Brodie. If you look at the start of the year, I think he missed his first nine games. They were two and seven, so do the record since then. It’s a big difference.

On Jeff Carter turning 31 tomorrow:
Tonight. Isn’t he a New Year’s baby? [Reporter: It’s amazing to think he’s been around that long, you know?] It’s a pretty good group of guys. I mean, Getzlaf’s banner is right there, and he’s got his banner raised, and he’s only 30, also. It’s a pretty good group, that age group.

On whether Anaheim’s efforts against Calgary could be replicated tonight:
Well, the score was one-nothing. We’ve been kind of the other way where we’ve been giving up a little bit too much lately. We haven’t played ‘em yet, so really I don’t really care what Anaheim did against Calgary.

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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.