Scouting the Panthers - LA Kings Insider

Tonight’s Kings opponents, the Florida Panthers, are coming off a 5-3 loss to Anaheim last night and have lost four of their last five. Scoring had been a problem for the Panthers of late — they scored three goals in three games last week — but they have scored three regulation goals in each of their last two games. Here’s what Terry Murray had to say about the Panthers this morning…

MURRAY: “They’re a very aggressive forecheck team. They come with a lot of speed. The D are really pinching hard. And their transition game is very similar to the Pittsburgh Penguins, actually. They go up to the post wingers on the blue line, and come with a lot of speed with their center from underneath, looking for those little tap-back return passes, to enter with that kind of speed. So we have to have great awareness on that. They’ve got Weiss, a real good, skilled young player, who can put numbers up, so we’ve got to make sure we’re covering that middle here tonight on a consistent basis.”

Here’s how the Panthers are expected to skate tonight, followed by their full lineup…

Shawn Matthias-Stephen Weiss-Michael Frolik
David Booth-Mike Santorelli-Steve Bernier
Chris Higgins-Marty Reasoner-Radek Dvorak
Darcy Hordichuk-Steve Reinprecht-Michal Repik

Dmitry Kulikov-Brian McCabe
Keaton Ellerby-Dennis Wideman
Jason Garrison-Mike Weaver

Tomas Vokoun/Scott Clemmensen

4 — Keaton Ellerby — D
5 — Bryan Allen — D
6 — Dennis Wideman — D
7 — Dmitry Kulikov — D
9 — Stephen Weiss — C
10 — David Booth — LW
13 — Mike Santorelli — C
14 — Radek Dvorak — RW
16 — Darcy Hordichuk — LW
18 — Shawn Matthias — C
19 — Marty Reasoner — C
21 — Chris Higgins — LW
24 — Bryan McCabe — D
26 — Steve Bernier — RW
27 — Steve Reinprecht — C
32 — Michal Repik — RW
37 — Bill Thomas — RW
43 — Mike Weaver — D
52 — Jason Garrison — D
61 — Cory Stillman — LW
67 — Michael Frolik — C

29 — Tomas Vokoun — G
30 — Scott Clemmensen — G

Injured reserve:
12 — Byron Bitz — RW
85 — Rostislav Olesz — LW

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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.