WCF Game 4 morning skate: Stoll on line changes, Keith’s suspension

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Comments from Kings center Jarret Stoll following the team’s morning skate in advance of Game 4 vs. the Chicago Blackhawks…

On playing on the top line with Williams and Brown:

“I don’t know what you’d consider ‘top lines’ or what. But, whoever you’re playing with, try to be good, create chances, try to be a plus player. Just keep it simple, play your game. They’re both guys that like to get in the fore check and cause havoc. Both guys that work hard, work smart, big game players too. So it’s just do a job in the defensive zone get  them the puck wide and spend some time in the offensive zone.”

On his reaction to Duncan Keith’s suspension:

“Whatever, you know. He’s a big piece of their team but we have to take advantage of that and play the right way. They’re going to have somebody step in and do the job for them. That’s what depths all about, that’s what playoffs are all about. We can’t worry about that, we have to worry about our own game. That’s just the way it is. (Brendan) Shanahan and the NHL, that’s their call. So be it. They’ll live with it, we’ll live with it and we’ll play the game.”

On how to take advantage of the Hawks not having Keith:

“There’s 28-30 minutes there that got to go somewhere else, spread out probably throughout their six guys. Maybe Seabrook (Brent Seabrook) will take some more minutes obviously, I’m sure Leddy (Nick Leddy) will play some more minutes, guys ike that. We just have to have that same mindset to get on these guys and be hard on them, be physical on them, just make it a tough game for them. Every situation on the ice might not go our way in the 1st period, 2nd period, but if we keep at it, keep with it, by the 3rd period of it this game goes to overtime, whatever the case may be, they’ll be feeling it.”

On the Bruins’ Gregory Campbell breaking his fibula:

“Yeah, blocking shots. He’s a great penalty killer, he’s a great team guy. You don’t see a lot of guys blocking shots laying down anymore, usually guys are in the lanes, but that was a desperate block and he got it. Just unfortunate what happened, that he broke his leg. But that’s what it’s all about, they’re going to have to have another guy step in and do the job for him too. It’s no different on any team.”

On if he was satisfied with his Game 3 performance:

“Yeah it’s the best I’ve felt since I came back, for sure.  Definitely wasn’t happy with my Game 2, and a lot happier with my Game 3. But we have to keep getting better, we can’t go the other way. We know we have to be even better than we were in Game 3 to get a win here in Game 4. We except more of them, we expect more of ourselves, and that’s me personally included.”

On what Darryl Sutter said to him regarding moving up lines:

“He just talked to me and Kopi (Anze Kopitar) about it and what we thought about it and what his kind of thinking was behind it. That was it. Usually when he talks about things, sometimes he does, sometimes he doesn’t. He ended up making the switch, but over the course of the game we’ve all seen it. and things can change. Who you’re with, make sure you’re communicating and working hard together, just trying to create anything we can. Willie (Justin Williams) got that first goal, and we we’re off and running, but you have to create chances when you’re out there with whoever you’re with and be consistent at it.”

MayorsManor will have more notes and quotes from morning skate posted shortly. Until then, see the links below for Sutter’s expected line combos for tonight…plus some of yesterday’s most popular articles.


Thursday morning stake – Sutter’s probable lines for Game 4 vs Chicago

Jeff Carter on his mouth, payback and the play of several teammates

VIDEO: Keith high-sticks Carter, apologizes on ice, talks about it post-game

NHL explains the Duncan Keith suspension

Kyle Clifford on Justin Williams fighting, retaliation and fatigue

WCF Wednesday June 5 – Matt Greene comments

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