Postgame notes (Dec. 8) - LA Kings Insider

Some notes from last night’s game…

— The Kings’ scoring woes continued in their 4-2 loss to the Minnesota Wild on Thursday night at Staples Center.

— The Kings have scored two or fewer goals in seven consecutive games. They rank last in the NHL in goals per game (2.25) and last in the league in total 5-on-5 goals (38). The Kings have an 8-0-0 record when they score three or more goals, compared to a 5-11-4 record when they score two or fewer goals.

— The Kings allowed more than three goals in a game for just the fourth time in 28 games this season.

— The Kings fell to 7-7-1 at Staples Center, 3-9-1 when allowing the first goal, 2-5-1 when trailing after the first period and 0-10-1 when trailing after the second period.

— The Kings recorded a season-high in shots on goal, as they outshot the Wild 44-24, including 18-5 in the third period. The Kings have four goals on 83 shots on goal in their last two games.

— The Kings went 0-for-2 on the power play and 4-for-4 on the penalty kill. The Kings have killed 34 of their opponents’ last 35 power plays.

— Jonathan Quick stopped 20 of 24 shots. Quick had allowed three or fewer goals in five consecutive starts.

— Dustin Penner had one goal, his second goal and fifth point of the season. Penner has recorded at least one point in three consecutive games (two goals, one assist).

— Trent Hunter had one goal, his first goal with the Kings and his fourth point of the season. The goal was the 100th of Hunter’s NHL career, in his 475th game.

— Jack Johnson had two assists, which gives him seven assists and 12 points this season. It was Johnson’s first multi-point game of the season.

— Kyle Clifford had one assist, his third assist and fourth point of the season.

— Anze Kopitar had one assist, and pushed his team-high totals to 17 assists and 27 points.

— Anze Kopitar recorded a game-high seven shots on goal. Dustin Brown was credited with a game-high 12 hits (the Kings were credited with 46 hits, to the Wild’s 22). Drew Doughty and Slava Voynov were each credited with a team-high two blocked shots (the Wild had 21, to the Kings’ nine).

— The Kings won 35 of 60 faceoffs (58 percent). Anze Kopitar won 13 of 18 draws (72 percent). Jarret Stoll won 12 of 16 draws (75 percent). Andrei Loktionov won 4 of 14 draws (29 percent).

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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.