The view from Columbus - LA Kings Insider

-Aaron Portzline has the main game recap. Of note: the Kings held the Blue Jackets without a shot on goal for a stretch of 18:28 between the second and third periods, nearly equaling the 18:31 stretch in which L.A. held Nashville without a shot on goal last Thursday.
Columbus Dispatch – Kings 4, Blue Jackets 2: Struggling offense

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-Shawn Mitchell has the Blue Jackets notebook, which calls to attention the fight between Mike Richards and Brandon Dubinsky. It was the fifth time the two former Atlantic Division rivals have squared off together. “I don’t know how to describe it. I don’t think we have a vendetta against each other,” Dubinsky told Mitchell.
Columbus Dispatch – Blue Jackets notebook: Rivals Dubinsky, Richards go at it

-Mitchell and Michael Arace have a thorough account of the game on the Dispatch’s Puck Rakers blog, which clocks in at an impressive 1,331 words. Also of note: Columbus won 61 percent of faceoffs last night, including Ryan Johansen’s 8-for-9 faceoff performance. Though Johansen was a minus-2 overall, there’s enormous potential for the skilled center who was selected fourth overall when Staples Center hosted the NHL Draft in 2010.
Columbus Dispatch – Game 10: Kings’ Cure
UPDATE: Johansen was assigned to AHL-Springfield this morning.

-The Cannon has another lengthy and worthy recap. I’m not trying to tell you what to think here, but you’ve got to feel a little bit of sympathy towards a fanbase that has never experienced a playoff win. This line makes me sad: “Give Columbus credit for not allowing an empty net goal, and perhaps in a sick way for not being the worst margin of defeat tonight,” Matt Wagner wrote. Yeesh.
The Cannon – Game 10 Recap: It’s Not How You Start, It’s How You Finish

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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.