Sutter’s raw quotes – Kings v Blackhawks preview

Similarities between both teams.

S: Both teams have recently won Stanley Cups is the biggest one.

You talk about fundamentals and how they take advantage of other teams mistakes and how they jumped on Detroit on a bad line change last night.

S: You leave it to Game 7 there’s three or four things that always coming in and one is the surprise play, which that is during a game.  Officiating, injuries surprise plays, bad goals.

Did you prepare for the Blackhawks even before what happened last night.  Because it goes into OT, you don’t know who you’re playing till late last night.

S: I think ever team this year based on the Blackhawks start this season, everybody prepared at some point to play the Blackhawks because they knew they were going to be a home ice team.  That’s what everybody did, not just us.

How are you preparing to play back to back games.

S: Nothing, not anyway differently think we’re focused on the afternoon game on Saturday, not really looking ahead at those scheduled dates on Saturday, Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, Monday, but the most important one is Saturday afternoon.

Is Jarret Stoll going to see some action.

S: I have no further update on Jarret Stoll and there won’t be an update, unless you give us an update on somebody from Chicago.

Key to success on the road?  Anything else besides scoring.

S: Think there’s been three overtime games, we won one, San Jose won one and St. Louis won one, and one in St. Louis in the last minute.  That’s the difference, not much.

What’s the most impactful think that Voynoy has done this post season.

S: Got to play minutes for us.  He’s not a young player on our team but he played minutes last year with the playoffs being serious minutes with Willie Mitchell and he’s going to do it with Rob Scuderi.  We have to rely on him as an experienced player and not an inexperienced player.  Can’t be just  where an experienced partner carrying him, he has to pull his weight.

Has Regehr given you what you’ve lost with Willie Mitchell?

S: I think both are experienced guys, both are great locker-room guys, both are great work-ethic guys, both are always well prepared for games so has he done that?  We’re obviously still playing so he must be doing that.

Team looked pretty drained Tuesday, happy to get the day off and some rest. 

S: Today was really not about, if we’d play tomorrow we have a full practice, but today is wait till Saturday so not really looking at energy today.  Need to be ready for Saturday.  It’s a long stretch of games again.

What does it say about the league that remaining four teams are the last four teams to win the Stanley Cup.

S: Think it says something about the organizations, good enough to do with the league there are teams with one or two teams have made the playoffs once since salary cap era came in.  It says more about the organizations, I think.  Quite honest last night it was five teams and not just the four but there’s something about the ability to sustain and how hard it is to win in the playoffs with continually different teams but you can stay in the top and be a playoff team.

You talked before about the environment at the old Chicago Stadium.  Can you talk about that.  What’s it like at the United Center

S: It’s a great environment.  I coached the last from when we moved from the Chicago Stadium to the United Center in the last 48 game season and we got beat in the Conference Finals that year and it’s a great environment and the reason it’s a great environment because you have a good hockey team.  You don’t have a good hockey team, you don’t have a good environment.

Did you enjoy your time in Chicago when you were there.

S: Yup.  Young guy, old guy, same guy, married guy, with children, lots of sports, two baseball teams, football team, great basketball team, a really good hockey team, so enjoyed it.

Staying on an even keel, how do you keep your team at the level deeper in the playoffs.

S: I think you drop the anxiety, there’s no anxiety in it.  I mean we’re one of four teams still playing and that’s how you pursue and stay in the moment.  It’s just that.  

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