Big weekend for Monarchs - LA Kings Insider

The AHL’s Manchester Monarchs have been the anti-Kings of late. While their parent club has stumbled through a 1-6-0 skid, the Monarchs have won four consecutive games and eight of their last nine games. The Monarchs swept their three weekend games by a combined score of 18-5.

Brayden Schenn has now completed his conditioning assignment with the Monarchs and will rejoin the Kings tomorrow (he won’t play against Anaheim). In seven games with the Monarchs, Schenn had three goal, four assists, a plus-3 rating, four penalty minutes and 14 shots on goal.

Today, the Monarchs beat Worcester 5-2 on the road. Andrei Loktionov was the game’s first star, with one goal and two assists, as the Monarchs scored three second-period goals to break a scoreless tie. They took a 4-0 lead two minutes into the third period. David Meckler had a goal, his team-high ninth of the season, as did Ray Kaunisto, Oscar Moller and Bud Holloway. Jake Muzzin and Corey Elkins each had two assists, and Schenn had one. Jeff Zatkoff stopped 31 of 33 shots.

On Saturday, the Monarchs beat Portland 6-1 at home. They scored four first-period goals for a 4-0 lead. Moller, with two goals, was the game’s first star. Elkins, Schenn, Justin Azevedo and Kaunisto also had goals. Loktionov had three assists, Marc-Andre Cliche had two assists and Kaunisto added an assist. Martin Jones stopped 34 of 35 shots.

On Friday, the Monarchs beat Albany 7-2 at home. Schenn was the first star, as he scored his first two professional goals and added an assist. Colten Teubert also scored his first AHL goal as the Monarchs build a 3-0 lead after the first period. Elkins had one goal and two assists, Meckler had one goal and one assist and Cliche and Patrick Mullen added goals. Moller had three assists while Loktionov and Muzzin each had two assists. Zatkoff stopped 34 of 36 shots.

Who’s hot? Jones, in part-time action (eight games) is second in the AHL in goals-against average (1.39) and save percentage (.954). Jones has a 5-1 record this season and has stopped 102 of his last 105 shots. Zatkoff has won five of his last six starts. Loktionov has one goal and seven assists in his last three games. Loktionov now leads the Monarchs in points (17) and assists (14). Moller has an eight-game point streak (four goals, six assists). Elkins has two goals and four assists in his last three games. Cliche has one goal and four assists in his last four games. Muzzin has five assists in his last three games.

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Jake Muzzin

#6 | 6′ 3″ | 216 lb | Age: 27

Born: Feb 21, 1989
Birthplace: Woodstock, ON, CAN
Position: D
Handedness: Left


Muzzin was drafted in 2007 by the Pittsburgh Penguins, before signing to the Kings in 2010. He has since become the first Woodstock, Ontario professional athlete to win a major sports trophy.

Anze Kopitar

#11 | 6′ 3″ | 224 lb | Age: 29

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


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.

Drew Doughty

#8 | 6′ 1″ | 195 lb | Age: 26

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


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.

Tyler Toffoli

#73 | 6′ 1″ | 200 lb | Age: 24

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


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.

Jeff Carter

#77 | 6′ 4″ | 215 lb | Age: 31

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


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.

Jonathan Quick

#32 | 6′ 1″ | 218 lb | Age: 30

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


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.