Kings will need more, better in Game 2 - LA Kings Insider

The Kings came away from Game 1 slightly happier than the New Jersey Devils because of the final score, but only slightly happier. The Kings had a good start in Game 1, but as the game got into the third period, the Devils started to take control because of some physical play and improved forechecking. Anze Kopitar’s overtime goal — and some strong play by Jonathan Quick — allowed the Kings to come away with the victory and the series lead, but the prevailing thought among the Kings, over the last two days, is that a duplicate effort will put them in high danger tonight. Jeff Carter and Drew Doughty talked about the need for an improved effort.

CARTER: “It’s a huge game for both teams. We expect them to come out with their best effort. In front of their home crowd, they’re going to come out hard, and we’re going to have to be ready, right from the drop of the puck. … I think both teams have talked about Game 1 not being one of their best games. There’s a lot of areas that we’ve talked about and tried to clean up the last couple days, with practice and video. I think, overall, the game was a little sloppy. The puck was bouncing everywhere and things just seemed a little off, so I’m sure that will all be sharpened up tonight.’’

DOUGHTY: “I think both teams are going to be a lot better tonight. We felt like we didn’t have our best effort. Our legs weren’t there. We weren’t making the plays that we could. Darryl was harping on us that we’ve got to be a lot better. We know that they’re going to come out, especially in that first 10 minutes, and they’re going to be all over us. They’re going to be finishing their checks. They’re going to be hard on the forecheck and it’s going to be a tough game, but I definitely expect both teams to be at their best tonight, so we’ve got to make sure that every single guy in that room is prepared to play and prepared to battle.’’

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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.