Goalie matchup takes center stage - LA Kings Insider

There are plenty of interesting matchups in the series between the Kings and the New Jersey Devils, but the most compelling one might be between two guys who will never be within 150 feet of each other on the ice: goalies Martin Brodeur and Jonathan Quick. Brodeur, 40, is a future Hall of Famer with three Stanley Cup championships. Quick, 26, is a Vezina Trophy finalist this season. So, the matchup isn’t really between the two goalies themselves, but in terms of how each team will deal with the opposing goalie.

To that end, who has beaten the better trio of goalies so far? The Kings, in this postseason, and dispatched Vancouver’s Roberto Luongo (and Cory Schneider), St. Louis’ Brian Elliott and Phoenix’s Mike Smith. The Devils have dispatched Florida’s Jose Theodore (and Scott Clemmensen), Philadelphia’s Ilya Bryzgalov and the New York Rangers’ Henrik Lundqvist. That’s a pretty good list for both teams. The Devils, having beaten Lundqvist, will now try to take down a second Vezina Trophy finalist in Quick. Devils coach Peter DeBoer was asked today about how to beat Quick…

DE BOER: “We’ve seen this before. In the last round, we had Lundqvist. The same things apply that applied to trying to get some goals past Lundqvist. You have to get traffic. You have to get bodies. You have to get shots through, and you can’t get frustrated. Lundqvist shut us out two of the first three games of that series despite, I thought, a pretty significant territorial advantage on our part. We stuck with it. So, you’re not going to get to guys like this easily, and they’re going to frustrated you at points of the series. It’s (about) battling through, but we have that experience now. We were rewarded for taking that approach against Lundqvist, and now we have to do the same thing here.’’

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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.