Kings accustomed to tight games - LA Kings Insider

The last post mentioned poor power-play success rate as one area that can’t continue if a team hopes to have postseason success. Here’s another one. In six playoff games so far, the Kings have allowed the first goal three times, and they won all three of those games. In the regular season, the Kings had an 8-22-7 when they allowed the first goal. Stats such as that one don’t flip dramatically in the playoffs, meaning the averages are bound to catch up to the Kings eventually, if they continue to allow the first goal. Since his arrival, Darryl Sutter has put a big emphasis on the Kings starting the game well. St. Louis dominated the first 10 minutes of Game 1 and got a goal. The Kings rebounded, but allowing the first goal isn’t a formula for long-term success. Still, Darryl Sutter pointed out that the Kings don’t panic in such situations.

SUTTER: “We had to play just about every game like that for three months. I don’t think we were any different. I think it’s the importance of having a deep bench and trying to use everybody in a lot of situations. We’re probably like their team in a lot of ways, where you’ve probably got players up front playing different positions, which allows them to be on the ice in a lot of situations with different linemates, which does impact the game. Heck, you can look at the other night. Scotty Nichol, he’s out there a lot in situations that normally that line wouldn’t be in. We’re able to do that with Colin Fraser and Jarret Stoll. I don’t think up a goal, down a goal should affect how you play, unless you pull the goalie or the other team has got a power play. Five-on-five, teams that are still playing in the playoffs are going to play the same way.’’

Sutter was asked what he might change, in terms of better managing the early part of the game against the aggressive Blues, and Sutter offered…this.

SUTTER: “The game starts at 8:10, not 6:40. Be ready at 8:10. Tough night in the East. Hard on them guys. Think if we go into overtime.’’

Sutter offered…this, when asked about trying to better deal with the start of the game, if the Blues start as strong as they did in Game 1…

SUTTER: “Lots of young guys. Home team. Exciting building to play in. There you go. Put time on the clock.’’

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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.

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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.

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Born: January 21, 1986
Birthplace: Milford, CT, USA
Position: G
Handedness: Left


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