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Darryl Sutter | Center

Team: Los Angeles Kings
Age / DOB:  (56) / 8/19/1958
Ht / Wt:  5'11" / 175
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Kings GM Dean Lombardi acknowledged that his team does take analytics into account when making decisions, but attributes a lot of L.A.'s success to incalculable intangibles such as character, expectations and compete level.
"There’s a big difference between data and knowledge, and how you use it," said Lombardi. "You’ll never convince me that emotion isn’t a huge part of this game, more than any other (sport)." Lombardi revealed that he has spoken on the phone "a number of times" with former Boston Red Sox General Manager and current Chicago Cubs Director of Baseball Operations Theo Epstein about the use of analytics, but would not explain how the Kings apply advanced stats information. "You can get my book when I’m done," he joked. Sep 14 - 6:29 PM

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It's looking ever more likely that the Kings and Sharks will play an outdoor game on February 21, 2015.

Rumors of an outdoor contest between the two teams have been circling for some time, but a potential leak of information on Ticketmaster Sunday has social media abuzz with the possibility their February 21, 2015 game will take place at new Levi's Stadium. The new venue was officially opened Saturday for an MLS contest between the San Jose Earthquakes and Seattle Sounders and would appear to be everything the NHL is looking for in a venue for this type of event.
Aug 3 - 2:48 PM

The Los Angeles Kings will open the 2014-15 regular season against the San Jose Sharks.

The Kings will raise their Stanley Cup banner on Oct. 8 versus a Sharks' team that blew a 3-0 series lead against them in the first round of the playoffs. The other opening night contests will feature the Philadelphia Flyers visiting the Boston Bruins, the Toronto Maple Leafs hosting the Montreal Canadiens and the Vancouver Canucks on the road against the Calgary Flames. Check the link at the bottom to see the opening night contests for all 30 clubs.
Source: NHL.com
Jun 21 - 5:30 PM

Los Angeles has re-signed assistant coach Davis Payne and goaltending coach Bill Ranford.

The Kings also promoted John Stevens to associated head coach. "Our coaching staff has been an integral part of the success of our team the last three years," said GM Dean Lombardi in a statement. "We are extremely pleased that they will remain part of our team and continue together as we strive for excellence."
Jun 19 - 12:51 PM

The Los Angeles Kings set the record for the most playoff games played by a Stanley Cup winner with 26.

The old record was 25, jointly held by the 2006 Carolina Hurricanes and the 2011 Boston Bruins. They tied the record for most playoff games in a season with the 1987 Philadelphia Flyers and the 2004 Calgary Flames.
Source: LAKings.com
Jun 15 - 7:56 AM

The Los Angeles Kings will play in their 64th playoff game over the span of just three years on Friday.

That sets a new NHL record for the most postseason contests played over a three year span. The Kings have made it to at least the Western Conference Final for three straight campaigns and this is their second trip to the Stanley Cup Final in that span. Los Angeles is also just one victory away from their franchise's second championship.
Jun 13 - 5:30 PM

When Darryl Sutter was originally offered the Kings coaching gig in 2011, he turned it down.

Sutter was eventually convinced to join the franchise as the team's head coach because he felt Los Angeles had the ability to win a championship. The Kings hadn't won a playoff series since 2001 and had a 15-14-4 record when Sutter took over, but he was obviously right as Sutter helped them win the Stanley Cup in his first year on the job. Under Sutter, the Kings have made it to at least the Western Conference Final in three straight years and are on the brink of winning their second championship in three seasons.
Jun 11 - 9:34 AM

The Los Angeles Kings ended a 249:14 minutes stretch where they didn't hold the lead.

That of course doesn't include the conclusion of contests as the Kings won Game 7 of the Western Conference Final and the first two games of the Stanley Cup Final by scoring in overtime after either being trailing or tied for the entirety of those contests. It's just another example of the Kings' resiliency, which has been remarkable in the playoffs.
Jun 10 - 9:38 AM

Los Angeles erased their third two-goal deficit in these playoffs during Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final.

It was also the second straight game that the Kings rallied to claim victory after falling behind 2-0 following Sunday's game at Chicago to capture the Western Conference title. "That's the way we do it. We never give up," Tyler Toffoli said. "We keep fighting and keep going and never give up on ourselves and just keep playing to our strength."
Jun 5 - 9:57 AM

The Los Angeles Kings have now won 10 of 11 playoff series under head coach Darryl Sutter.

Kings GM Dean Lombardi said that hiring Sutter in 2011 was one of the easiest decisions he's made. "I think it gets lost in his outward demeanor or whatever the perception is, but he's a players' coach," Lombardi said. "Does it come out in the press conferences? Probably not." Los Angeles has gone to the Western Conference Final in each of the last three years and has advanced to the Stanley Cup Final for the second time in that span.
Jun 3 - 9:40 AM

The Los Angeles Kings lead the NHL in playoff goals after finishing 25th in the regular season with 206 goals.

The Kings have really turned it on during the post-season as they are averaging 3.48 goals per game for a total of 73. They averaged only 2.42 goals per game in the regular season. Usually it's the other way around as the checking tends to get tighter in the playoffs.
Source: LAKings.com
Jun 2 - 8:08 AM

Darryl Sutter and the Los Angeles Kings set records on Sunday.

Sutter set the record for most Game 7 wins by a head coach as he won his seventh (against three losses) to surpass Scotty Bowman and Pat Burns who were tied with Sutter at six heading into action Sunday. The Kings won their third Game 7 of the 2014 playoffs and no team had ever done that before. Los Angeles has played the maximum 21 games and they have tied the 1993 Maple Leafs and 2001 Avalanche for the most games played after three rounds of the playoffs.
Source: LAKings.com
Jun 2 - 7:20 AM

Darryl Sutter will break an NHL record if the Kings beat Chicago Sunday night.

Sutter is already tied for the league high in Game 7 wins with six in his coaching career. Only Scotty Bowman and Pat Burns have matched that mark. Sutter has won two Game 7s this year alone.
Source: NHL.com
Jun 1 - 10:24 AM

Los Angeles will become the third team in NHL history to play all 21 possible games through three rounds of the Stanley Cup Playoffs on Sunday in Game 7 versus Chicago.

If the Kings can defeat the Blackhawks then they will be the first club to win Game 7s in each of the first three rounds of the playoffs. They will be looking to avoid what happened to the 2002 Colorado Avalanche and the 1993 Toronto Maple Leafs, who both lost in the Conference Final in their Game 7s.
Source: NHL.com
May 31 - 6:33 PM

Coach Darryl Sutter scolded a reporter for asking him why he wasn't disappointed that his Kings couldn't close out the Western Conference Final series with a win in Los Angeles.

"That’s two really good hockey clubs bordering on the top end of the league," Sutter said. "To think that it wouldn’t be a (Game) 7 or a 6 or anything like that, I’m not disappointed in that at all. That’s a really negative way to look at it if you want to ask a question like that." Asked what he said to his players after Friday's 4-3 loss to the Blackhawks, Sutter deadpanned: "Fly at 11."
May 31 - 10:14 AM

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4Jordan Nolan
LW1Marian Gaborik
2Dwight King
3Trevor Lewis
4Kyle Clifford
5Tanner Pearson
RW1Dustin Brown
2Jeff Carter
3Justin Williams
4Tyler Toffoli
5Adam Cracknell
D1Drew Doughty
2Slava Voynov
3Jake Muzzin
4Robyn Regehr
5Matt Greene
6Alec Martinez
7Jeff Schultz
G1Jonathan Quick
2Martin Jones