Kings hope to capitalize on home ice - LA Kings Insider

In the past two years, playing on home ice hasn’t been much of an advantage for the Kings. Two years ago against Vancouver, the Kings went 1-2 at home and 1-2 on the road (with one overtime win and one overtime loss). Last year against San Jose, the Kings went 0-3 at home and 2-1 on the road (with one overtime loss). Will the Kings finally have playoff success at home? The Kings won two grueling games on the road in order to put themselves in a strong position in this first-round playoff series against Vancouver. The key, now, is to take advantage of that position by winning at home. The Kings know that if the Canucks win tomorrow, they will have all the momentum, and they would be have renewed enthusiasm at the thought of reclaiming home-ice advantage in Game 4, Drew Doughty, Jarret Stoll and Dustin Brown talked about the importance of not letting it get to that.

DOUGHTY: “We’ve just got to play as if the series if just starting and we’ve got home-ice advantage. It’s Game 1. We’re not up two-nothing. If anything, we’ve got to act like we’re down a couple (games). We can’t go in there relaxing, or taking them too easy, because they’re going to come even harder. This is going to be the hardest game for us. We still haven’t played our best hockey. Going into Sunday, we’ve got to play our best. … The fans are going to be great. They always have been, in the playoffs the last two years. They’re so loud and energetic. It’s so easy to show up for the game and get out there for the first shift, because the crowd is just going nuts. It’s a ton of fun. Just playing on home ice, sleeping in your own bed, those sort of things are huge for us. We have to win these two games. They’re important, especially being at home.’’

STOLL: “We haven’t played that well on home ice in the playoffs recently, so we’ve got to change that. That has to happen right now, starting tomorrow. We have to have that killer instinct, come out and just play well, play the way we did the last 20 games. Simple, smart. We’re not going to think any different, road or home. Just play the game. Play the game, be smart. Our fans are going to be great. They’re going to be pumped up. Use that energy, use that atmosphere to our advantage.’’

BROWN: “Historically, for this team, in recent playoffs we haven’t played well at home. It’s important to draw attention to that and understand that we’ve done a good job of getting two wins, but there are a lot of areas we can get better at, and that it’s very important to take advantage of home ice.’’

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Adrian Kempe

#9 | 6′ 2″ | 195 lb | Age: 21

Born: September 13, 1996
Birthplace: Kramfors, SWE
Position: LW
Handedness: Left


Kempe was selected by the Kings in the first round (29th overall) in the 2014 NHL Draft.

Alex Iafallo

#19 | 6′ | 185 lb | Age: 23

Born: December 21, 1993
Birthplace: Eden, NY, USA
Position: C
Handedness: Left


Iafallo was signed by the Kings as an unrestricted free agent on April 18, 2017.

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.

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.