Postgame notes: February 7 - LA Kings Insider

The numbers aren’t particularly pretty as the Kings have opened their Cup defense with a 3-4-2 record through nine games.

Gabriel Bourque’s goal 2:54 into the game Thursday night was the fifth consecutive game that the Kings allowed a first period goal, and the third time in four games that they allowed a goal in the first three minutes. After nine games, L.A. has been outscored 10-4 in the first 20 minutes. Third periods haven’t been much kinder to the Kings, who have been outscored 8-4 in the final frame. The team’s minus-8 goal differential is the second-worst in the Western Conference through the first three weeks of the season, leading only Columbus.

Jarret Stoll has started off slowly for the second consecutive season, which is uncharacteristic for the veteran center. With one goal in nine games, his point production is off his generally effective early season pace. Though the sample size varies, here is a look at his stats out of the gate since he earned a regular spot in the NHL:

2012-13: 9 GP, 1-0=1
2011-12: 14 GP, 1-2=3
2010-11: 19 GP, 7-10=17
2009-10: 19 GP, 7-11=18
2008-09: 22 GP, 7-5=12
2007-08: 10 GP, 0-1=1
2006-07: 13 GP, 4-8=12
2005-06: 17 GP, 5-9=14
2003-04*: 12 GP, 4-3=7

*Played first game of the season on 10/25/03; didn’t appear in another game until 11/10/03

Though they’ve generally forechecked efficiently early in the season, the trio of Stoll, Dwight King and Trevor Lewis has combined for one point – Stoll’s first period goal in Anaheim last Saturday. In last year’s playoffs, the three linemates combined for 10 goals and 22 points in 20 games.

Stoll obviously has much more to offer than goal scoring ability; his 31 hits currently lead the team. Ranking second and third on that list are Kyle Clifford (30) and Jordan Nolan (26). Though they’re one of five teams yet to play 10 games this season, the Kings rank eighth in the league with 265 hits. Last season, they finished second in the league in that category.

By winning 25 of 58 faceoffs Thursday night, L.A.’s faceoff percentage dropped to 48.0%, the 23rd best rate in the league. Sunday’s opponent, Detroit, ranks third with a 53.7% faceoff success rate. San Jose has been among the most dominant faceoff teams in the league since the last lockout, having finished either first or second in the league in that statistic since 2008-09. They currently rank second in the league with a 56.8% success rate.

More notes and analysis to come in the morning.

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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.