Waking up with the Kings: February 18 - LA Kings Insider

-The decision to start Jonathan Quick over Jonathan Bernier was the appropriate one. While Sutter spoke of riding the hot goalie, he also said “got to get them both sharp, simple,” and Sunday’s performance was a confident step in that direction for Quick. Considering the youth of the defense in front of him, and that the Kings were playing the league’s second best offense, a 34-save performance on 37 shots in holding the Blackhawks below their average goal output depicts an encouraging presentation in net. Los Angeles’ goaltending has solidified over the past week. You’re setting yourself up for the unknown when you start predicting lineups games in advance, but I expect Quick to start in Edmonton and Bernier to start in Calgary. This balance and competition in net appears to be good for both Jonathans.

-The absence of Willie Mitchell and Matt Greene was felt most on Chicago’s second goal. Before Jonathan Toews’ tap-in, there was an ongoing battle for space between Davis Drewiske and Andrew Shaw in front of Quick. Shaw won that battle, and by the time the puck got down low, Drewiske was in a spot on the ice where he wasn’t able to assist Quick or Scuderi, who was battling Toews for the puck. Shaw offered terrific net-front presence for someone listed at 5’10 and 180 pounds.

-Before leaving for Chicago, Sutter said of the Blackhawks that “they’re not on a different planet than us”. Fair. I’ll even argue that the two are in the same state. But if Chicago was Mt. Whitney, L.A. was the Palos Verdes Hills. The Blackhawks appeared to be on a power play for the first 20 to 30 minutes of yesterday’s game, and by the time the Kings registered their first Grade-A scoring chance, they were already down 3-0. That said, the third period was an encouraging step forward for L.A. – not that you’ll find anyone on a 5-6-2 team satisfied with that silver lining. The power play has goals in seven of the last nine games, a 9-for-37 (24.3%) stretch that can partly be credited by the movement of Mike Richards back to the point. The goaltending has regained consistency, the power play has awakened, the Kings still limit their opponents to the second-fewest shots in the league and have been strong on possession. This is a team making the correct adjustments and dealing with key injuries on defense as best as it can, even if it didn’t show for the majority of Sunday’s game. Should the Kings beat Edmonton and Calgary for a 2-1-0 stretch away from Staples Center, this would be a successful trip. So, no, they’re not the Blackhawks at this point, but L.A.’s game is trending more towards the Sierra Nevada range than Death Valley.

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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.