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Westgarth feature, and videos

My LAKings.com feature for this week takes a closer look on Kevin Westgarth, and the desire of the ``enforcer’’ to make a positive impact on the team with more than just his fists.... More than just an enforcer Also, a couple videos for your afternoon. First, it’s the Kings’ ``plays of the wee... Read More
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Change also came to defense

Plenty of attention, in recent days, has been paid to the Kings’ line-combination changes, and rightfully so, given the dramatic shakeup among the forwards. But Terry Murray also switched up his defensive pairings, going to a look that paired Rob Scuderi with Drew Doughty, Willie Mitchell with Slava... Read More
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Richards finds the scoring groove

It’s fair to say that Mike Richards has found a comfort zone with the Kings. Richards had only two goals in his first 14 games with the Kings, but now has nine goals in his last 10 games, for a team-leading total of 11 goals. Of course, no player can maintain that torrid scoring pace, but it is an i... Read More
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Penner `not quite’ ready to play

Yesterday afternoon, Terry Murray said that Dustin Penner ``feels confident and is ready to go.’’ Well, things changed, it seems, because today the Kings determined that Penner would not play Thursday against Florida. Penner will stay on injured reserve and miss his ninth consecutive game with a han... Read More
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Wednesday practice update

After practice, Terry Murray confirmed that Dustin Penner won't play tomorrow against Florida. Murray said Penner had not suffered a setback in his recovery from his hand injury, just that Penner was "not quite" ready to return, so the Kings will stay with the same lineup. That includes Jonathan Qui... Read More
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Wednesday practice; no changes

Dustin Penner is practicing this morning, but is still skating on a line with scratched players Trevor Lewis and Brad Richardson. As indicated this morning, it would seem that Penner will remain on injured reserve for another couple days, and won't play against Florida tomorrow. The Kings are using ... Read More
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New-look lines earn good reviews

To follow up on the question of where Dustin Penner might play when he returns to the lineup, it’s worth taking a look at last night’s new line combinations and thinking about what worked. Dustin Brown played well on left wing, Simon Gagne and Mike Richards combined for a goal and Kyle Clifford was ... Read More
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Tuesday practice update

The Kings are off to their annual trip to Children's Hospital Los Angeles, and tomorrow's practice will be at 10:30 a.m. After today's practice, Terry Murray said he's still planning to get Dustin Penner back into the lineup on Thursday, but Murray has not yet decided where exactly Penner might fit ... 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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