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Sutter on Preds: ‘They play the same way over and over and over and over and over and over and over’

Oct 18, 2013, 2:36 PM EDT

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To hear Darryl Sutter explain it, the Nashville Predators are pretty predictable opponents.

“They play the same way over and over,” Sutter told LA Kings Insider following Thursday’s 2-1 win at Bridgestone, “and over and over and over and over and over.”

Sutter’s as straight a shooter as it gets, and this statement — while hilarious — is also accurate. Nashville sticks to its gameplan as tight as anyone in the league, which is all a part of “playing Predator hockey.”

The Preds are convinced success goes hand-in-hand with their preferred style: defensive, responsible, gritty, hard-working and any other adjective used to describe how the average NHL fourth line is supposed to play.

Case in point? The 2012 playoffs, when GM David Poile lamented the fact the club got away from Predator hockey, the low point coming when two notoriously un-Predator guys, Alex Radulov and Andrei Kostitsyn, were suspended for late-night carousing.

“Let’s get back to Predator hockey,” Poile said. “Let’s get back to our identity. Let’s play a team game. Let’s be determined on the puck. Let’s be a little bit relentless.

“Let’s make sure we’re taking care of business on both sides of the puck and go from there. That’s plain and simple, that’s what we have to do.”

(For a better sense on how often “Predator hockey” gets used, click here.)

This isn’t to say Predator hockey is a bad thing. Sutter did acknowledge how difficult Nashville can be to play against.

“If they can break two or three guys’ will and force mistakes like they did tonight, and you don’t have the goaltending to match them,” he said, “then they’ll beat you.”

  1. 950003cups - Oct 18, 2013 at 2:51 PM

    Over and over and over and all your boys can do is put up one goal? If a team was that predictable, you should be able to score a few more goals. Maybe LA also plays the same over and over and over.

    (yes I’m aware that my team sucks)

    • ron05342 - Oct 18, 2013 at 8:15 PM

      Yes, your team does suck, and that’s a shame. In Brodeur’s last season, I was hoping NJ would be much more competitive.

      But let’s get to the meat of the issue, NJ fan. You are still bitter over an event that took place over 16 months ago. 16….months.

      That’s a long time, NJ fan. Time to get over it, and go on with your life, as pathetic as it may be.

    • blomfeld - Oct 18, 2013 at 10:19 PM

      As I recall, we Kings sure ‘whopped’ you people pretty good eh ? LOL :)

  2. qauzaq - Oct 18, 2013 at 3:22 PM

    Sutter is the best when it comes to interviews haha. Never a dull moment.

  3. canucks30 - Oct 18, 2013 at 4:34 PM

    Look who’s talking. The Kings aren’t exactly an offensive juggernaut.

    • ron05342 - Oct 18, 2013 at 8:17 PM

      Yes indeed, they are not. So far.

      This team has recently gotten off to slow starts, no way around it. But they always come on at the end of the season and lately in the playoffs are 6-1 in their past seven series.

      As opposed to say…0-2 for the Canucks and a combined 1-8 record? So, Canuck fan, please join NJ fan above and order a beer to cry in. NJ fan has already cried in his three beers and cannot get drunk for all the diluted beer from his tears.

      • canucks30 - Oct 19, 2013 at 1:09 AM

        Oh look a sore winner.

        WTF does your post have to do with a coach who plays a militant defensive style calling out another coach for playing a militant defensive style. No one saying it’s right or wrong (and since it won the Kings a Stanley Cup it’s hard to argue it’s wrong) just don’t be a hypocrite.

      • ron05342 - Oct 19, 2013 at 4:03 PM


        You are right, it has nothing to do with the subject in particular, but I just love how NJ fan and Canucks fan have to come into every Kings blog post here and make some kind of derogatory comment about the Kings and their style of play, what their coaches say, etc. etc. etc.

        It comes down to bitterness, canucks fan. That’s all. So I have a little fun at your expense and NJ’s fan expense. No real harm done. Just having a little fun. :) 😀

    • blomfeld - Oct 18, 2013 at 10:27 PM

      Listen Canuckle-breath !

      as opposed you clods who waste your resources chasing after paper-mache trophies (President Cups), we Kings choose to strike when it counts … so go stick that in your ‘metro’ peace pipe and have a toke !

  4. vshehane - Oct 18, 2013 at 4:53 PM

    Yeah, his team full of big name, high priced guys apparently could figure that out.

  5. 950003cups - Oct 18, 2013 at 9:07 PM

    Ron, how many cups has your team won in its 47 years of existence?

    • blomfeld - Oct 18, 2013 at 10:48 PM

      One so far, and we’re now preparing to bear down on # 2 ! … you gotta love it eh ? :)

      GO KINGS GO !!! … TODAY, TOMORROW AND FOREVER !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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