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Morning Skate Quotes: LAK vs NYI

by Jon Rosen / Los Angeles Kings
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Darryl Sutter -

On the wins over St. Louis and Anaheim:
Tough three-in-four. Just trying to find energy for both games as you go along.

On the New York Islanders:
Top-end two lines, for sure. Got to be able to handle ‘em. If you don’t, you’re going to get in an up and down game, a river game, and they’re good at that.

On St. Louis using bottom-six players against New York’s top-end players:
Well, with the schedule in the west, you don’t really call ‘em ‘bottom six.’ You’ve got to be able to play four lines, and there are nights when you get caught, and quite honest we did it on the weekend two or three shifts also where you don’t get the right guys on the ice just because other guys are bagged, quite honest. You need to have a really good balance right through your lineup out here. You’ve got to trust your players on that, but at the same time sometimes they’re overmatched.

On Ben Scrivens:
I think he’s been off-and-on lately. To be able to win on a consistent basis and to play at a high level is not just the physical, it’s the mental part of it, and when you’re not used to doing that, I think that sometimes it trickles into your game. I’m sure it’s the very same thing that you guys have seen without Nabby, too.

On the challenges related to the pre-game ceremony:
It’s not really that big a deal. I mean, we’ve had enough. Quite honest a lot of times when they’re singing the songs before the game it seems like an audition. You get used to it. It’s California.


Drew Doughty -

On his impressions of the New York Islanders:
They’re a fast team. They’ve got a lot of skill up front. They’re going to be good on the rush. They’re not going to be a team that really cycles you and is physical doiwn low, but they’re going to be fast on the rush. They’re going to create plays off the rush. They’ve got a lot of skilled guys, so there’s a lot of them we’ve got to pay attention to.

On John Tavares:
I’ve known John for a long time and played against him since I was a little kid. He’s so good around the net. If he gets a shot anywhere in that offensive zone, it’s usually going to go in. So he’s someone you’ve got to pay special attention to, obviously, and he’s a good playmaker, too. I think their team kind of evolves around how he’s playing. If we can take him out of the game, it should give us a lot of help.

On whether the power play has been improving despite the lack of results:
We had a lot of chances last game, a few we should’ve scored on. Yeah, I guess it’s making strides, but the bottom line is you’ve got to score. It’s good to get momentum for your team. I’m not saying it’s not, but we need to score goals. That’s the bottom line. If we score a goal in one of those power plays last game, we win the game in normal time and don’t give Anaheim one point. [Reporter: It’s a cliché, but is it a matter of just getting that first one in and out of the way?] Yeah, I think if we get one in, especially tonight, that’ll get the power play rolling and get our confidence back up there. We’ll start putting more pucks in like we were earlier in the season.

On Ben Scrivens:
He’s been playing really well for us. He hasn’t been letting very many goals in, and he’s doing a great job back there for us. We have all the confidence in him, the same confidence we have with Jonathan Quick. For him to step up to the plate like that and play the way he’s playing, it’s a big confidence booster for the team, and it makes us happy for him, too.


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