The Kings haven't spent hours looking at DVDs of the Chicago Blackhawks, their opponent in their lockout-delayed season opener Saturday afternoon at Staples Center. Actually, the Kings haven't really given the Blackhawks much thought, according to coach Darryl Sutter. "I've coached against Joel for a long time," Sutter said after Thursday morning's practice at the Kings' El Segundo training facility. "We know what to expect. It's not like some deep, dark secret. I know a lot about those guys. They're a good hockey team." Sutter referred to Joel Quenneville, coach of the Blackhawks and a longtime coaching foe. There have been plenty of other items for Sutter to check off his training camp to-do list. Worrying about the Blackhawks hasn't been one of them. Worrying about the Kings? Yes, no question. But fretting about the opposition? Nope. No time for it during a week-long camp. In fact, this training camp has been something akin to sailing through uncharted waters with a malfunctioning rudder. Sutter has admitted actually stopping the workouts on occasion in order to ask his players if he's dedicated too much or too little time to a certain drill. The only thing Sutter could compare this lockout-shortened camp to in his coaching experience was the lockout-shortened camp in 1994-95, when he was the coach of the Blackhawks. And, he added without hesitation, there really is no comparison between the two.
Kings coach Sutter keeping focus on his own team
L.A. Daily News | Jan 18