It has been suggested here, and elsewhere, that two of the Kings’ players — Michal Handzus and Rob Scuderi — seem to have teammate-elevating powers because of their strong, responsible veteran play. Forwards always seem to look better when they’re skating with Handzus, and same goes with defensemen and Scuderi. It’s no accident, and it’s no coincidence that after a streak of wobbly play, Drew Doughty has put together two consecutive strong games. His partner? Scuderi. Terry Murray chuckled a bit today when a reporter suggested that Scuderi is something like a “defensive doctor,” but Murray acknowledged the merit behind the suggestion. Scuderi, who turns 32 at the end of the month, has a plus-8 rating and is averaging almost 21 minutes of ice time per game.

MURRAY: “He really is a solid player. It’s been a great signing for the Kings. I think, with his experience in the game, winning the Stanley Cup, he’s really brought a lot of leadership to the team, to the dressing room, especially with the back-end group. His mobility, and his stick is one of the best in the league. He’s always got it in the right place, breaking up rushes and attacks, 1-on-1, dealing with the low play in D-zone coverage. But it’s a good point. Whenever things are not the way you’d like to see sometimes, it ends up being Scuds that gets moved to that position, and he works very well with the young players, Doughty and Jack Johnson. I think he’s really a solid person and he’s a solid player in the fundamentals of his game. That’s where you look to that kind of a player, as a coach, to help out in situations where a player might need some of that experience to settle his game down.”

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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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