Sutter scoffed at a suggestion by defenceman Willie Mitchell that the coach had honed his team’s appetite for afternoon games since taking over in mid-season.
“Hell, we lost an afternoon game against ... who was it? Columbus or somebody. And that WAS a pyjama party. I don’t think it had anything to do with me coming here.
“I will tell you this,” he said, glancing around the media scrum at Saturday’s practice. “There’s how many of us standing here, 20? Some of you guys are morning people and some of you are not. So that’s a fact. So you think that if we brought our 25 guys in here that they’re all morning people? You can’t change that.
“I don’t think I can change it.”
Sutter said he doesn’t believe in curfews, though he had a few as a player.
“Bob Pulford always had one,” he said, of his old Chicago coach. “But he always told you when he was coming to check on you, so ...
“Didn’t matter to me. I was good.”
Blues coach Ken Hitchcock said he had no idea what his team’s body clock would be at when the puck drops.
“I don’t know. I’m curious. You saw one team was really dozy today in the 12:30 start in Washington -- really dozy -- and I sure as hell hope it’s not us (Sunday), because if it’s us, it’s over,” he said.
“Experiences from the Olympics tell you that the worst thing you can do is have a bunch of meetings in the morning. It’s come to the rink and play. I think too much information in these early games freezes the players up.”
Just a quick correction to the STL lineup, expected that Reaves will be in for Crombeen (not a LOCK but Reaves WILL dress) and Cole will be in Colaiacovo.
Toss-up game because of the start time IMO. I don't put stock in the regular where Kings went 1-4 in day games and Blues were 3-1 but, to me, any early start has a chance of scrambling the game one way or the other.
I am hoping they close it out today and Phoenix wraps up their series soon, too. Let's get on with the show here.
Danny Duberstein is good at two things ...