Postgame notes (March 17) - LA Kings Insider

Some notes from last night’s game…

— By several measures, the Kings suffered their worst loss of the season when they fell to the St. Louis Blues 4-0 on Thursday night at Staples Center.

— The Kings were shut out for the sixth time this season, set a new season low for shots on goal (17) and suffered their worst losing margin of the season.

— The Kings had not lost a game by more than three goals this season. They lost 6-3 at San Jose on Nov. 15, 4-1 at Montreal on Nov. 24, 6-3 at Phoenix on Dec. 29, 7-4 vs. Philadelphia on Dec. 3, 3-0 at the New York Islanders on Feb. 19 and 7-4 vs. Detroit on Feb. 28. It was the Kings’ most lopsided regular-season loss since Jan. 19, 2010, a 5-1 loss vs. San Jose.

— The Kings were outshot by the Blues 39-17. It was the Kings’ lowest shot on goal total since they recorded 17 shots on goal in a 3-0 loss vs. Chicago on March 18, 2010. The Kings recorded 16 shots on goal in a 2-1 victory over Calgary on Dec. 7, 2009.

— The Kings were swept 4-0 by St. Louis in the season series, and were outscored by a combined margin of 15-6.

— The Kings went 0-for-1 on the power play and 3-for-3 on the penalty kill. The Kings are 25-for-25 on the penalty kill in their last eight games and have killed 26 consecutive opponents’ power plays overall. The Kings have had just two power plays in their last two games.

— The Kings fell to 20-12-2 at home, 9-16-3 when allowing the first goal, 4-10-1 when trailing after the first period and 4-18-1 when trailing after the second period.

— Jonathan Quick stopped 35 of 39 shots. Quick had allowed two or fewer goals in three consecutive starts. Quick went 0-4 against St. Louis this season.

— Kyle Clifford left the game late in the first period with an “upper-body injury” after being hit in the head during a fight with St. Louis’ Ryan Reaves.

— Anze Kopitar and Alexei Ponikarovsky each recorded a team-high three shots on goal. Dustin Brown was credited with a game-high eight hits and Alec Martinez and Rob Scuderi each were credited with a team-high three blocked shots.

— Drew Doughty played a game-high 23 minutes, 15 seconds. Dustin Brown led all forwards in ice time at 20:00.

— The Kings won 26 of 54 faceoffs (48 percent). Anze Kopitar won 8 of 14 draws (57 percent) while Michal Handzus won 5 of 14 draws (36 percent).

Rules for Blog Commenting
  • - No profanity, slurs or other offensive language. Replacing letters with symbols does not turn expletives into non-expletives.
  • - Personal attacks against other blog commenters, and/or blatant attempts to antagonize other commenters, are not tolerated. Respectful disagreement is encouraged. Posts that continually express the same singular opinion will be deleted.
  • - Comments that incite political, religious or similar debates will be deleted.
  • - Please do not discuss, or post links to, websites that illegally stream NHL games.
  • - Posting under multiple user names is not allowed. Do not type in all caps. All violations are subject to comment deletion and/or banning of commenters, per the discretion of the blog administrator.
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.