Sutter fielded a question about the
"They're trying to make the playoffs, same as the Los Angeles Kings," Sutter said. "They're in a better position than we are, so maybe their evolution is better than ours."
If it hasn’t quite hit an emergency-type level around the Kings, well, it is getting close. The team is third from the bottom in the
There appears to be one tweak to the defense for Thursday night's game in Florida. Sutter said that
Florida will be without defenseman Willie Mitchell, the former King, who is dealing with an injury apparently suffered against the Islanders on Tuesday.
For the Kings, McBain has been an asset on the power play when he has been on his game. Of his seven points, three have come on the power play.
"We're making a change because it's not who is going in, it's who is going out, gotta play better for us," Sutter said. "A right-handed defenseman for a left-handed defenseman. We'll see. We're trying to win hockey games. Tough to develop players at this level.
"Gotta be ready to go or else you don't get to play."
McBain, who is one point shy of 100 career points, has been biding his time. Experience has helped him deal with the waiting game.
"It's happened throughout my career in general, I've sat here and there, a little bit more so this year than I have in the past," he said. "It's something that I've grown to understand. I'm keeping myself sharp in practice.