January 3 morning skate quotes: Darryl Sutter - LA Kings Insider

On the response the team expects from San Jose:
It’s a good division game. This is our fourth game against each other, so we’re pretty familiar with each other.

On whether Saturday’s win gave the group confidence:
We’re an experienced enough team. If we’d have lost by one the other night, I don’t think it’s going to affect us one way or the other very much. Both teams are pretty much the same in terms of experience, and our team has enough of veteran guys who are used to winning.

On how the team decides on when to use Matt Greene:
I think Greene would give you the same. … I’ve said it before – I’m not grading off that course. Both guys play the right side, and Kevin, we’ve put him over there now, but he’s played lots there. In fact, him and Derek were partners always in the American League, so you know what? As long as we’re able to carry eight, then six of the eight will play. It’s not based on Greener or Gibby. I want to get McNabb up and running and hopefully sharpen up a little bit and go from there. It’s a luxury to have Marty and Kevin, who can play left and right, because if they’re playing well, then obviously it’s a tough decision somewhere else.

On how Marc-Edouard Vlasic’s absence affects game-planning for San Jose:
We’ve played all year. I know he’s a great player, but we also have great players not playing, so I don’t feel sorry for you. … Condolences to you.

On Peter Budaj’s season, and how he “keeps fighting”:
I think he’s gotten better. I think the mindset coming in, obviously he didn’t make our team in training camp. So obviously with Jonathan’s injury, then coming back up, it’s been a competition to see who can play more games, when you look at it. Jeff and Peter are both back-up goalies, so they come in and have done a pretty good job. I think Jeff struggled right away when that knowledge of ‘I’ve got to play a bigger role’ [arose], and he was coming off a Stanley Cup, so I don’t think he had a great summer in terms of getting ready for the next season, so I think he struggled early and Peter took advantage of it. Peter, quite honest, he’s been a better goalie at home than he has been on the road. If you look at the trip we just came off of, Budaj got a lot of attention, but the two biggest games on that trip were Jeff Zatkoff in Detroit and Jeff Zatkoff in Dallas. [Reporter: They’re pushing each other then, then?] It’s healthy, and if the competition is healthy, as we know, and if they’re both healthy, then we expect them to max it out, and I think he’s for the most part played as well as he can. That’s all we expect. It would be the very same as if Dell had to take over for Jones here. It’s the very same, when you look at it. It’s the very same mindset. Guys have to be able to win more than they lose, and if you’re a .500 goalie, you’re a back-up goalie. The guys that are clear-cut number ones that play minutes are six-to-seven-hundred winning percentage.

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.