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Tough calls on rookies

Following yesterday's poll results -- Brayden Schenn pulled ahead, and Thomas Hickey led throughout -- it seemed possibly pertinent to discuss roster dynamics a bit. I saw more than a couple comments imploring the Kings to keep both Schenn and Andrei Loktionov and/or both Hickey and Jake Muzzin. For... Read More
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Fourth-line decision time

Among the Kings' forwards, there's still considerable question as to who will be on the fourth line. Kevin Westgarth is certain to play on one wing, but the center and left-wing spots are still very much up for grabs. Almost every practice and preseason game features a different combination, and tod... Read More
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Goalie talk stays quiet

If you know, for certain, who the Kings are going to start in goal for Sunday's preseason finale against Anaheim, you're part of an elite group. Terry Murray won't say. The goalies say they don't know. The only thing known is that Jonathan Quick is expected to play the entire game Saturday in Las Ve... Read More
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Greene, in red, not feeling blue

Matt Greene, recovering from mid-July shoulder surgery, took another small-but-positive step Thursday when he completed a full-team practice for the first time. Greene is still in a red, non-contact jersey, and it doesn't appear as though that status will change any time soon, but after practice tod... Read More
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Heads up

Given all the attention paid to hits to the head in the past year, and the subsequent rule changes put in place for this season, it's not surprising that equipment makers are bringing out new products they believe will protect hockey players' heads. Cascade, traditionally a maker of lacrosse helmets... Read More
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Weekend lineups

After practice today, Terry Murray said that his lineup for Saturday's game in Las Vegas would be veteran-heavy, including the Smyth-Kopitar-Brown, Richardson-Stoll-Williams and Ponikarovsky-Handzus-Simmonds lines, plus Drew Doughty, Willie Mitchell, Rob Scuderi, Jack Johnson and, in goal, Jonathan ... Read More
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Thursday practice lines

Everyone is back on the ice for the Kings this morning except Scott Parse, and with Matt Greene in the red non-contact sweater. Hopefully after practice, we'll learn Terry Murray's plan for the weekend lineups. Here's how they're skating this morning... Smyth-Kopitar-Brown Richardson-Stoll-Williams... Read More
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Roster polls

With two roster spots presumably open for the following five players, what do you think? Who should make it at the start of the season? I'll withhold my opinion for now, as to not influence any voting... Which center should stick?online surveys Which defenseman should stick?online ... Read More
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Lombardi on Fan 590

Dean Lombardi was on Toronto radio, The Fan 590, talking all things Kings, including the 1,314th mention of Ilya Kovalchuk. (doesn't it ever get old?) For those playing along at home, the first mention of the New York Yankees comes at the 1:21 mark. Lombardi on The Fan 590 ... Read More
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Wednesday practice update

It's a slower day at the rink today, as most of the veterans are doing off-ice workouts. On the ice are the young players, plus Bernier and Ersberg in goal and Matt Greene doing drills as well. No roster cuts are expected today. Scott Parse is still listed as injured.... Read More
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Postgame notes (Sept. 28)

-- Anze Kopitar had a game-high four points (all assists) while Jack Johnson had two goals and one assist. Five other Kings had multi-point nights, and goals went to Wayne Simmonds, Dustin Brown, Michal Handzus, Andrei Loktionov, Kyle Clifford and Ryan Smyth. -- In the battle of the rookie defens... Read More
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Murray postgame quotes

Terry Murray's postgame thoughts... (on the game...) MURRAY: ``The first period, I liked the way we started. The intensity, the execution, the structure, the play, there were good things happening deep in the offensive zone. Scoring on the power play, it's part of the game you have to get going.... Read More
Alec martinez

#27 | 6′ 1″ | 210 lb | Age: 29

Born: July 26, 1987
Birthplace: Rochester Hills, MI, USA
Position: D
Handedness: Left

Bio

Bio: Martinez was drafted by the LA Kings in the 2007 Draft, while playing for Miami University. He has since become a two-time Stanley Cup champion and the 17th man in Stanley Cup playoff history to score the Cup-winning goal in overtime.

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Anze Kopitar

#11 | 6′ 3″ | 224 lb | Age: 29

Born: August 24, 1987
Birthplace: Jesenice, SVN
Position: C
Handedness: Left

Bio

As the 11th overall pick in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft, Kopitar became the first Slovenian to play in the NHL. Kopitar has spent his entire NHL career with the Kings, and following the 2015–16 season, was named the Kings’ captain. Noted for both his offensive and defensive play, Kopitar was awarded the Frank J. Selke Trophy as the best defensive forward in the NHL in 2016.

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Drew Doughty

#8 | 6′ 1″ | 195 lb | Age: 26

Born: December 8, 1989
Birthplace: London, ON, CAN
Position: D
Handedness: Right

Bio

Bio: Doughty is a Canadian defenceman who was selected second overall by the Kings in the 2008 Draft. Doughty made his NHL debut in 2008 as an 18-year-old and was named to the All-Rookie Team. He is a two-time Stanley Cup champion with the Kings, a two-time Olympic gold medallist with the Canadian national team, and a Norris Trophy finalist.

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Tyler Toffoli

#73 | 6′ 1″ | 200 lb | Age: 24

Born: April 24, 1992
Birthplace: Scarborough, ON, CAN
Position: C
Handedness: Right

Bio

Toffoli is a Canadian professional ice hockey forward, drafted by the Kings in the second round of the 2010 Draft. Toffoli scored his first career NHL goal in his second game in a 4–0 victory over the Phoenix Coyotes in 2013. He was also named the 2012–13 AHL All-Rookie Team.
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Jeff Carter

#77 | 6′ 4″ | 215 lb | Age: 31

Born: January 1, 1985
Birthplace: London, ON, CAN
Position: C
Handedness: Right

Bio

Carter began his hockey career playing in the Ontario Hockey League in Canada before joining the AHL and playing for the Philadelphia Flyers. He was then traded to the Colombus Blue jackets before joining the LA Kings in 2012, where he has since won two Stanley Cups with the Kings.

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Jonathan Quick

#32 | 6′ 1″ | 218 lb | Age: 30

Born: January 21, 1986
Birthplace: Milford, CT, USA
Position: G
Handedness: Left

Bio

Bio: Quick is the current goaltender for the LA Kings and was selected by Los Angeles at the 2005 NHL Entry Draft. Previously, Quick was a silver medalist with USA at the 2010 Winter Olympics. He’s won two Stanley Cup championships with the Kings, along with being the most recent goaltender to be awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy as the Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the 2012 Stanley Cup playoffs.

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