Darryl Sutter is a blood and guts, old-time hockey kind of a guy, if you hadn’t noticed. He coaches the Kings by the instincts honed over a lifetime in the game — as a player, a coach and an executive. He works the time-honored traditions and keeps his players on their toes.
He doesn’t spent hours analyzing statistics, especially the metrics involving time of possession and the like. He might give them a look now and again, as he suggested during his session with reporters after the Kings’ morning skate at Staples Center.
There are no secret formulas, as far as he’s concerned.
“When it’s all said and done, I know you’re really good at the math and the analytics, but you’re going to add it up … it’s going to be 3-2,” Sutter said, referring to the average final score. “That’s what it is. It’s .06 and .07. There lots else involved. It’s what you think about when there’s nothing else to think about.”