Back where it all started... - LA Kings Insider

It’s tough to believe that the end of the road — literally — is almost here. This is road game No. 39, and all that remains in the regular season is a quick one-game trip to San Jose and a drive to Anaheim, and then we’ll see what happens after that. It’s further notable because the journey started here in Vancouver on Oct. 9, and it’s tough to believe how quickly six months can pass. That game, the season opener, was a close, tight-checking game that the Kings won 2-1 in a shootout. The teams met again less than a week later at Staples Center and the Kings pulled off a 4-1 win. After that, the teams went almost five months without seeing each other, and when they did — on March 5 at Staples Center — the Canucks essentially played a 60-minute game of keep-away and dominated in a 3-1 victory over the Kings. As noted yesterday, the Canucks are hot, having outscored opponents 12-4 on a recent four-game road-trip sweep, so Terry Murray knows the challenge will not be easy.

MURRAY: “Absolutely. Vancouver is the number-one team in the NHL. It will be a hard test for us. There’s no question, they’re a team that can play the game in many different ways and win in many different ways. We have to be concerned about our own game, play the right way, and you give yourself the opportunity to win a game by doing things right for the 60 minutes.”

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Adrian Kempe

#9 | 6′ 2″ | 195 lb | Age: 21

Born: September 13, 1996
Birthplace: Kramfors, SWE
Position: LW
Handedness: Left

Bio

Kempe was selected by the Kings in the first round (29th overall) in the 2014 NHL Draft.
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Alex Iafallo

#19 | 6′ | 185 lb | Age: 23

Born: December 21, 1993
Birthplace: Eden, NY, USA
Position: C
Handedness: Left

Bio

Iafallo was signed by the Kings as an unrestricted free agent on April 18, 2017.
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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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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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