Three Keys to the Game - LA Kings Insider

Here we are trying to do our best impression of the “three keys to the game” for last night’s 3-2 overtime victory over the Vancouver Canucks. Hope you enjoy them:

1.) The Kings are the Stanley Cup Champions
It’s a weird thing to hear, even now. Take Alain Vigneault’s quote from last night: “We emptied the tank and our guys did what they had to do against the Stanley Cup Champions.” The Kings need to remember that they are going to be hunted all season long and will likely get their opponent’s best game. Every night. So when Nail Yakupov slides halfway down the ice in celebration after tying a game late or when the Blackhawks come out and post four goals on the Kings in the first 22 minutes of a game, these guys need to remember that they will be tested every single night. They may be beginning to understand that.

2.) Got Carter?
It’s easy to forget that Jeff Carter was a trade deadline pickup for these Kings just last season. The Kings went 11-5 after acquiring Carter and then 16-4 in the postseason. For those of you doing the math, that was 27-9 with Carter in the lineup (not including this season). It’s not just about Carter, of course, but his addition adds a new dimension to this team’s forward corps giving opponents two potent lines to try and stop. By the way, Carter has now scored in the last three games and leads the team in goals.

3.) Comeback Kids
It should not be discounted that the Kings came back from two goals down against a very good Vancouver team. In fact, the last time they made such a comeback was back in October 2010 against the Minnesota Wild, that’s more than two years ago. If you remember correctly, these same Kings last year were dead in the water when the team got more than one goal behind because of anemic offense most of the season. It’s a great sign that these Kings feel like they can come back from a 2-0 deficit.

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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.