In a perfect world, the Kings want their best defensemen matched up with Ilya Kovalchuck – whom the Kings tried to sign when he was a free agent – on the ice. But Darryl Sutter isn’t overly concerned about this.
Sutter said: “Again, I think it’s based on ice time, not so much ours. You know what, he’s out there a lot. As I said, you start chasing a matchup during the game, that’s kind of a dinosaur. You start chasing it, pretty soon you’re just chasing the puck. You get guys tired or out of position. It’s like when you talk about Robby at the start, Rob Scuderi can handle that just as well as Willie Mitchell can. Slava and Drew, they’re right-handed guys that can skate and make plays. There’s not a big difference.”