Waking up with the Kings: March 3 - LA Kings Insider

-One thing learned from last night’s game wasn’t really “learned” at all – it’s something that any hockey fan who has watched the Vancouver Canucks has accepted as gospel. If Henrik and Daniel Sedin are given any extra opportunities, or provided any additional cushion of space, they’re going to take advantage. As soon as the Daniel-Henrik-Burrows line stepped on the ice to counter the Clifford-Fraser-Nolan line for Los Angeles, I commented to the person sitting next to me that this shift could become “problematic”. There weren’t any Grade-A opportunities for Vancouver on a first look, and when Drew Doughty shoveled a net-bound feed with his glove forward to Kyle Clifford, it appeared as though the Kings were on their way to clearing the zone and a harmless line change. Whether he was concerned about handling the puck in a volatile area or was looking for teammates exiting the zone, Clifford’s turn up ice was roundabout, and his urgency in handling the pass and clearing the zone didn’t take precedence. The Canucks created a turnover and immediately worked the puck low, where Henrik Sedin showed his trademark patience and string pulling from the right of Jonathan Quick, and Dan Hamhuis – who had activated earlier and was standing alone – like, really, really alone – in the right circle as the play developed – went unmarked and buried a Burrows pass past a helpless Jonathan Quick.

-“Helpless Jonathan Quick”: Yea or Nay? I was fighting Internet gremlins and an uncooperative computer for most of the night, and I wasn’t able to gauge any sentiment of Kings fans and writers on Twitter and in the blog comments. I felt the Canucks were out-chanced through large stretches of the game. They had four goals on 17 shots through two periods. In the goal described above, there wasn’t anything Quick could do, other than be in two places at once. On the goal that put Vancouver up two to one, it wouldn’t have been out of the ordinary for Quick to make a save on Mason Raymond’s shot, but there were also some Kings coasting into the defensive end leading up to the goal. Mike Richards didn’t seem particularly concerned that Raymond, the opposing center, was using a burst of speed through the neutral zone to gain penetration into the L.A. end. Richards didn’t create pressure on the backcheck, offering no resistance against a skilled player who unleashed a crisp shot up high to beat Quick in what was a one-on-one with Davis Drewiske. On the goal that put the Canucks up 3-2, there was cheating up ice by both teams. Slava Voynov and Clifford were all-in in the offensive end while Henrik Sedin snuck past the Kings’ forwards as the puck pinballed around near the Vancouver blueline before Alex Burrows eventually found him. He shuffled the puck to Daniel Sedin, and while the shot was taken from the right faceoff dot, my goodness, what a perfectly placed blast that was to the far post by one of the league’s premier goal scorers. While Quick’s postgame comments shouldered the blame, there were breakdowns on all four goals he allowed that could be shared between him and the players in front of him.

-It wasn’t exhibited for the full 60 minutes, but the Kings did some good things in the offensive zone last night. There was frequent traffic in front of Cory Schneider. Momentum was clearly heading in their direction leading up to and including Jordan Nolan’s game-tying goal. Even when they were trailing by two late in the third period, there were quality chances turned away by Schneider, who saw all the shots despite the traffic and kicked them aside. The late push was exactly that – late – but it was good to see a response and some resilience as L.A. ventured to tie the score.

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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.