In discussing the Kings’ offensive struggles, the forwards clearly get the bulk of the attention, but what about the defensemen? As noted in a breakdown below, the Kings rank 26th (tied with Calgary) for fewest points by defensemen this season, with 20. Breaking down 5-on-5 vs. power play might be even more stark, as 11 of those defensemen points have come on the power play. Jack Johnson is the only active Kings defenseman with a goal this season, and he has four (the dearly departed Slava Voynov has two). Terry Murray talked today about the need to get the defensemen going on offense, and I’ll follow that with the team-by-team list of defensive scoring this season…

MURRAY: “I think we can get a lot more pucks to the net from our back end. Jack, he has put up some numbers. Martinez, his numbers, they’re down. I think his number of shots on net is pretty good, but the bottom line is, put more pucks to the net. When you take a look around, at our scoring, Kopitar leads our team in shots. You see the top-scoring teams in the NHL, the top individuals, they’ve got the high numbers, they’re leading the league in the shots on goal. So there’s no secret to it for Drew. We need him to put pucks to the net and we need it in timely fashion.’’

Team, with goals-assists-points
Philadelphia 5-32-37
Florida 8-28-36
Ottawa 4-32-36
Toronto 3-33-36
Vancouver 10-25-35
Colorado 4-30-34
Washington 9-24-33
Tampa Bay 8-25-33
Columbus 9-19-28
Winnipeg 6-22-28
Pittsburgh 4-24-28
Boston 2-26-28
Phoenix 6-21-27
Carolina 3-24-27
Dallas 9-17-26
Nashville 6-20-26
St. Louis 6-20-26
San Jose 5-20-25
Chicago 2-22-24
Detroit 9-14-23
Anaheim 4-19-23
NY Rangers 8-13-21
Montreal 3-18-21
Kings 6-14-20
Calgary 4-16-20
Edmonton 6-12-18
NY Islanders 2-13-15
Minnesota 4-9-13
New Jersey 2-11-13

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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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