That says a lot considering Sutter's assessments are usually delivered deadpan. To recap: The Kings lost goalie
"It goes fast," Sutter said.
So fast that the sky never fell for the Kings. They’re in the thick of the
"Losing Quickie isn't ideal, but that's the way the game is sometimes," Tyler Toffoli said. "We had a rough stretch there at the start of the year, but we've grown and we've been working on our game and we're in a good place right now."
But Sutter immediately pointed to San Jose when asked about staying relevant in the division despite their injury crises. He holds to the notion that the champion is the champion until they're not.
“They’re the favorite,” Sutter said. “They went to the
Toffoli turned the page on last season, when San Jose eliminated the Kings in the first round of the playoffs. But the 2-1 loss in the season opener didn't escape his memory.
"It's a new year," Toffoli said. "They beat us the first game of the year, so it's time that we owe them."
Budaj has the image of Ned Flanders from "The Simpsons" television show painted on his mask, which screams for a backstory.
His former equipment manager with the
"He called me 'Ned,' I think, because I was always happy and smiling," Budaj said. "I'm not even close to as good as [Flanders] is in the [show], because he's a perfect guy. I've made a lot of mistakes in my life, but he just called me that."
Budaj actually isn't a huge fan of the show but has seen enough to be familiar with it.
"It's pretty funny," he said. "It's like 'Family Guy,' but before that."
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