Kings Report - Jan. 27 - LA Kings Insider

After returning to Los Angeles last night from Phoenix, the Kings reported to El Segundo this morning.  A handful of players – Dwight King, Jordan Nolan, Simon Gagne, Dustin Penner, Jake Muzzin, Rob Scuderi, Andrew Bodnarchuk, Brad Richardson and Jonathan Bernier — began skating at around 11:10 a.m. with members of the Kings coaching staff.

While the players were on the ice, Kings players and head coach Darryl Sutter met with members of the media.

Justin Williams, with his young son next to him, talked about the short season.  “It is about saving energy but it is more about saving your body.  It is about resting and treating your ailments, the nicks and bruises.  You are trying maintain yourself…but that is hockey.”

Anze Kopitar talked about the feeling of the club after the overtime loss in Edmonton.  “No sense of panic.”

Kopitar also talked about his return to NHL action following his injury.  “In terms of timing it can be you trying to do too much too fast.  You stop and you realize it can come slower.  That makes a big difference.”  He also talked about his linemates last night.  “Our line was pretty good last night.”

Willie Mitchell did not skate today.  Sutter said Mitchell skated for 75 minutes yesterday.  With Mitchell (knee) and Matt Greene (back) out, Sutter pointed to the “extra three-to-four minutes” of ice time Alec Martinez and Rob Scuderi are seeing on the backend.

Sutter talked about the play of Muzzin, who scored his first career NHL goal last night.  “We got the shot through but it is also about him running into bodies.”  On the play of Kyle Clifford, Sutter touched upon Clifford’s “intensity and energy.”

Sutter also said the Kings power play is featuring “a lot of time in the other team’s zone” and the need for “more consistent net presence.”

Clifford talked to reporters as well.  He talked about playing with Mike Richards and Jeff Carter and how he is out there to create space and to go to the net.  He also talked about playing for the Ontario Reign (ECHL) during the NHL lockout.

Said Clifford:  “It was a smart decision.  There you have less forward lines so it helped with conditioning.  It was an adjustment but I benefitted from it.”

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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.