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Sutter postgame quotes (Dec. 31)

Darryl Sutter’s postgame thoughts... (on whether this was the Kings’ best game with him as coach...) SUTTER: ``I think we’ve been playing pretty good. If you got a chance to watch the Chicago game or the Winnipeg game, there’s a lot of steps that we’ve tried to make. Tonight we got contributions... Read More
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Kopitar postgame quotes (Dec. 31)

Anze Kopitar’s postgame thoughts... (on scoring his first goal in 18 games...) KOPITAR: ``It was big. Always, when you go through struggles like that, it always feels good when you get it off your back. No better place and time to do it, I guess, than against Vancouver too. So, it was a huge win... Read More
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Greene postgame quotes (Dec. 31)

Matt Greene’s postgame thoughts... (on what the win does for the team’s confidence...) GREENE: ``It builds it up. I think it’s still a work in progress, but we’ve been having some success over the last little bit here, with Darryl coming in. This was a good game for us, obviously, but we have to... Read More
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Scouting the Canucks

This is the second of four meetings this season between the Kings and the Vancouver Canucks, following Vancouver’s 3-2 victory at Staples Center on Nov. 10. Where is the Canucks’ weakness? They rank in the top 10 in the NHL in goals per game (third), goals-against per game (seventh), power-play perc... Read More
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Sutter’s X-factor? Trevor Lewis

Having watched from afar before taking over the Kings 10 days ago, Darryl Sutter obviously brings a different perspective on the team and its players. Asked, in general, if there was any particular player who had surprised him so far, Sutter contemplated for a moment, then picked Trevor Lewis. A for... Read More
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Can the Kings get going at home?

The Kings now get a chance to make things right at home. How many times has that sentiment been expressed in the last couple years? Last season, the Kings wasted a lengthy homestand, a stretch that temporarily put them out of a playoff spot. This season, they had a two-week stretch in late November ... Read More
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Saturday skate update

The last morning skate of the calendar year was a short one, but it was followed by a lengthy meeting. Jonathan Quick was the first goalie off the ice, so he's the likely starter. Alec Martinez also came off with the game group, so it's possible that he might be a game-time choice instead of another... Read More
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Gagne, juniors and the dads

Simon Gagne, out of the lineup since hitting his head near the boards against Phoenix four days ago, remains on injured reserve and is certainly out for tomorrow night’s game, and there’s no timetable for Gagne’s return. Gagne did not do any skating today, and Darryl Sutter offered only this as an u... Read More
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Sutter has `trust’ in goaltending

One thing new coach Darryl Sutter hasn’t had to worry about is goaltending. Scoring? Yes. Power play? Yes. Goaltending? No. In Sutter’s five games, the Kings have allowed seven goals. Jonathan Quick has stopped 118 of 124 shots and Jonathan Bernier stopped 26 of 27 last night in Winnipeg. Sutter sai... 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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