Which wingers will step up? - LA Kings Insider

Who will win the battle of the wingers in Game 2 between the Kings and the St. Louis Blues? Yesterday in practice, Blues coach Ken Hitchcock swapped his top-six wingers, as former second-line wingers Andy McDonald and Alexander Steen moved up to skate with center David Backes, while second-line center Patrik Berglund skated with wingers David Perron and T.J. Oshie. It’s a look the Blues have gone to before, but Hitchcock didn’t publicly say whether he would stay with it tonight. As for the Kings, Darryl Sutter called on his wingers to be better. The Kings got a good game from Dustin Penner, who scored a goal, made a great pass on Slava Voynov’s goal and played a solid all-around game as the second-line left winger.

SUTTER: “He has to do that for us, with our left side and the lack of experience there. He’s the logical guy. It’s not so much production. It’s just being able to match up. They want to play Backes against Kopi, and we’re fine with that, if they want to continue to do that. So that means Richie [Mike Richards] is going to get Berglund. That’s pretty good players, McDonald and Steen, on the wings with experience (in Game 1), and guys that play a 200-foot game. So that’s Dustin’s challenge.’’

SUTTER: “It’s a challenge for a lot of our players to do that on a consistent basis. We need to get a lot more out of the wingers, period. To have success (in Game 2), our wingers are going to have to be a lot better than they were last night.’’

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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.