Voynov forces lineup adjustments - LA Kings Insider

Slava Voynov has made Terry Murray’s life difficult, but in a good way. Called up because of injuries, Voynov has now played his way into a lineup spot, meaning Murray must make adjustments elsewhere. With Willie Mitchell’s return to the lineup tonight, the Kings have eight healthy defensemen. Alec Martinez, who had just returned from an injury himself and played one game, will be a healthy scratch, as will Davs Drewiske. Drew Doughty partners with Rob Scuderi, Voynov partners with Mitchell, and Jack Johnson partners with Matt Greene.

MURRAY: “It’s not an easy decision. Martinez has played very well for us, as has Whiskey. I thought he did a very good job in the couple games that he played for us, after being out for so long. I want to keep Voynov going. I really like the things he has brought to our team. He’s a good power-play player, as Martinez is. It’s just a decision you have to make.’’

Murray also talked about what Voynov has brought to the Kings this season…

MURRAY: “He’s a very good defending player. It’s something, probably, that won’t come out for a while, just in general. You see a lot of nice instincts for defending. His play away from the puck is really as good as it gets. He really supports partners. He gets available for linemates, teammates, to pass him the puck. That’s where you see him coming into the back door on the power play. He reads that so well for a young player. He’s just kind of cruising around, and it’s an instinctive read for him. The puck ends up coming to those kind of players at the right time. So he’s got a nice upside to his game.’’

As for Mitchell, he’s ready to play after missing a week with a groin injury.

MURRAY: “He feels good to go. He was close in the last game. He probably would have been able to get into the lineup if it was a playoff kind of a game. He felt really good yesterday in the practice, and ready to go today.’’

Rules for Blog Commenting
  • - No profanity, slurs or other offensive language. Replacing letters with symbols does not turn expletives into non-expletives.
  • - Personal attacks against other blog commenters, and/or blatant attempts to antagonize other commenters, are not tolerated. Respectful disagreement is encouraged. Posts that continually express the same singular opinion will be deleted.
  • - Comments that incite political, religious or similar debates will be deleted.
  • - Please do not discuss, or post links to, websites that illegally stream NHL games.
  • - Posting under multiple user names is not allowed. Do not type in all caps. All violations are subject to comment deletion and/or banning of commenters, per the discretion of the blog administrator.
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.