Scouting the Predators - LA Kings Insider

Tonight’s game is the first of four meetings between the Kings and Nashville Predators. The Kings went 3-1-0 against the Predators last season, and Jonathan Bernier started all four games in goal, so guess who gets the call tonight? (It’s not a trick question. It’s Bernier). After a bumpy start, the Predators are on an upswing, with a 4-0-1 record in their last five games, including two shutouts. Pekka Rinner — he of the new seven-year, $49-million contract extension — started the first 13 games of the season, but with the Predators starting a back-to-back set, indications were that Anders Lindback would get the start tonight. Lindback has appeared in one game this season, in a two-period relief role, and had a 2.60 goals-against average in 22 games last season. The Predators have some other lineup questions. For the latest on them, check out today’s blog post from The Tennessean, followed by the expected lineups for the Kings and Predators and the Predators’ full roster…

A rest for Rinne?






Colin Wilson-David Legwand-Patric Hornqvist
Craig Smith-Mike Fisher-Martin Erat
Matt Halischuk-Jerred Smithson-Jordin Tootoo
Niclas Bergfors-Blake Geoffrion-Brian McGrattan

Francis Bouillon-Shea Weber
Ryan Suter-Jonathon Blum
Teemu Laakso-Jack Hillen

Anders Lindback
Pekka Rinne


2 — Teemu Laakso — D
5 — Blake Geoffrion — LW
6 — Shea Weber — D
7 — Jonathon Blum — D
8 — Kevin Klein — D
10 — Martin Erat — RW
11 — David Legwand — C
12 — Mike Fisher — C
13 — Nick Spaling — LW
15 — Craig Smith — C
16 — Niclas Bergfors — RW
20 — Ryan Suter — D
22 — Jordin Tootoo — RW
23 — Brian McGrattan — RW
24 — Matt Halischuk — RW
25 — Jerred Smithson — C
27 — Patric Hornqvist — RW
33 — Colin Wilson — C
36 — Jack Hillen — D
51 — Francis Bouillon — D
74 — Sergei Kostitsyn — LW

35 — Pekka Rinne — G
39 — Anders Lindback — G

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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: 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.

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.