Originally posted on Fox Sports West  |  Last updated 1/13/12
EL SEGUNDO, Calif. The Darryl Sutter Reunion Tour heads towards its third and final tourdate, a sold out Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary where the former coach and GM will appear publicly for the first time on Saturday since resigning as the Flames' General Manager on Dec. 28, 2010. Reviews from previous tour stops in San Jose and Chicago were mostly positive, highlighted by a 2-0 win at the United Center on Dec. 28 punctuated by a 38-save performance from All-Star goaltender Jonathan Quick. Sutter coached the Blackhawks from 1992-95 and the Sharks from 1997-2003. If you're looking for any wistful fondness or extended recollection on his time spent in the Calgary organization, or if there's been any extra consideration towards coaching against his brother, Brent, not much has been divulged. The straightforward bench boss appears to have "moved past it," as he said Friday morning from the team's practice facility in El Segundo. "I mean every coach that's coached a long time usually coaches three or four places. I've coached in Chicago, San Jose, and Calgary, and so I've been lucky in the last two weeks to be at all those places," Sutter said. "That's the way I look at it. I think you guys make way too much of it, right? It's like if you interviewed every player in the room that played somewhere before, I mean you'd have if it wasn't for the truth, you'd get in the way of a good story, right?" Center Mike Richards was consulted about the hoopla surrounding Saturday's game which should be heightened due to the Flames' acquisition of Michael Cammalleri from Montreal on Thursday and whether or not there's a little bit extra in the tank when facing a familiar foe. "You always want to win when you go back to the places, I know when I went back to Philadelphia, I wanted to win, and I'm sure he feels the same way," Richards said. "He's a very emotional, passionate guy, and I think we feed off his energy, so I'm sure he'll be fired up for that." More important for the Kings is winning a conference battle against a team they're jockeying for position against in the tightly packed gut of the Western Conference standings. After Thursday's action, Los Angeles was tied for seventh in the conference with 50 points, with Calgary sitting three points behind in a tie for 11th place. The Kings have a game in hand on the Flames; Saturday's game will mark the first of four meetings between the teams this year. "It's good to go to Canada," Sutter said. "Hey, we're playing against, bottom line, a team that's really close to us in the standings. Just like Thursday night against Dallas. I don't know what the hell the difference is." Saturday's game also presents a challenge for a Los Angeles team that has won just two of its last 18 games in Calgary, dating back to the 2001-02 season. The Kings' 62 road losses to the Flames are the most against any opponent. "I don't look at it like that," Sutter said. "Right now Calgary's won I think they've won 10 in a row in their own building. So I assume a lot of teams have had trouble in their building. I don't look at it like that at all. I look at where we're at right now. And that would be today and tomorrow. What is history? They've probably got six players new over there, and we've got six players new. I think the biggest challenge for us is to look at the individual challenges. You've got a star goaltender on their side, and you've got one here that's trying to become one, so I think that's a good challenge." While the conversation also drifted towards the mild weather expected in Alberta the high in Calgary on Saturday is expected to approach 40 degrees, followed by a more appropriate chilly Sunday in Edmonton Sutter didn't appear to be too thrilled about playing a game that won't begin until after eight o'clock on Saturday followed by a six o'clock start time at Rexall Place the following night, with travel in between. "That's not a very good schedule," Sutter said. "I mean I understand eight o clock because of Hockey Night In Canada, but I don't understand six o clock the next day. I mean, they want the best performances out of your players. We'll be another middle of the night team again." They'll be a middle of the night team that looks to be counting on the services of Anze Kopitar, who didn't return to the ice after Brendan Morrow's heavy third period shoulder-to-shoulder check sent the center hard into the boards. Kopitar appeared to be not much worse for the wear when speaking to reporters on Friday, and Sutter intimated that his star center would have practiced had the team taken to the ice before boarding their charter flight north on Friday. "It appears he's going to live. Going to pull through," Sutter said with a smile.
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Seven most shocking development from Day 2 of NFL Draft

Joe Mixon drafted by Bengals; fans boo pick

Vikings land Adrian Peterson’s replacement, trade up for Dalvin Cook

WATCH: Kris Bryant launches moonshot completely out of Fenway Park

Kevin King, alone in green room, taken first in Round 2 by Packers

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Felix Hernandez, Mitch Haniger expected to miss 3-4 weeks for Mariners

CFL fines head coach for meeting with Johnny Manziel rep

Reuben Foster hung up on Saints when 49ers called him

Packers ‘taking calls’ for No. 33 pick in draft

Bears confirm that Mike Glennon is their starter for the 2017 season

Report: Jets making calls trying to trade Sheldon Richardson

The 'Beast Mode as a parting gift' quiz

Best of Yardbarker: Don't sleep on the Stanley Cup Playoffs

Our favorite undrafted players of all time

Everything you need for the 2017 NFL Draft

Kicking it: Orlando surges while the Galaxy struggles

Three Up, Three Down: Madison Bumgarner gets grounded

Box Score 4/28: NFL Draft gets younger every year

The 10 best sports docs available for streaming

The 'NFL Draft Day is finally upon us' quiz

Most memorable 'NFL Draft weekend drama' stories

Stanley Cup Playoffs: Eastern rivalries take center stage

Marshawn Lynch gives an already-spurned city hometown appeal

NHL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Best of Yardbarker: Don't sleep on the Stanley Cup Playoffs

The 'Beast Mode as a parting gift' quiz

Everything you need for the 2017 NFL Draft

Our favorite undrafted players of all time

Kicking it: Orlando surges while the Galaxy struggles

Three Up, Three Down: Madison Bumgarner gets grounded

The 10 best sports docs available for streaming

The 'NFL Draft Day is finally upon us' quiz

Most memorable 'NFL Draft weekend drama' stories

Stanley Cup Playoffs: Eastern rivalries take center stage

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker