Hot on the draw - LA Kings Insider

Los Angeles’ faceoff rate has improved significantly over the past three weeks. Over the span of eight games – the Kings have won seven of the eight – the team’s faceoff ranking has catapulted from 22nd in the league to seventh due to a success rate of 57.2% over that time. Overall, the team has won 51.9% of faceoffs this season. L.A. finished seventh in the league by winning 51.5% of its faceoffs a season ago.

In the chart below, Anze Kopitar, Mike Richards, Jeff Carter, Jarret Stoll and Colin Fraser qualify as “regular centers”, as they’ve logged significantly more draws than any other skaters. Jarret Stoll has been particularly strong at the faceoff dot over his last five games, winning 54 of his last 84 draws for a 64.3% success rate.

Dallas, tonight’s opponent, is tied for 23rd in the league with a 47.8% success rate.

Date / Result / Faceoffs / Successful Faceoffs / Unsuccessful Faceoffs

2/19 / 3-1 @ EDM / 33/55 (60%) / Kopitar 10/16 / Stoll 9/17
-All regular centers were above 50%. Only Dwight King (0/1) was below 53%.

2/20 / 3-1 @ CGY / 40/62 (65%) / Kopitar 14/22 / Fraser 0/2
-All regular centers were above 64% except for Fraser.

2/23 / 4-1 vs COL / 27/55 (49%) / Kopitar 10/16 / Stoll 2/10

2/25 / 5-2 vs ANA / 41/65 (63%) / Kopitar 16/21 / Fraser 2/5
-Jarret Stoll: 13/23

2/27 / 2-1 vs DET / 33/64 (52%) / Richards 10/16 / Carter 0/3
-Jarret Stoll: 8/15

3/2 / 2-5 @ VAN / 36/58 (62%) / Richards 8/11 / Fraser 3/5
-Anyone who took a faceoff for L.A. had at least a 56% rate. Jarret Stoll: 10/16

3/4 / 5-1 vs NAS / 24/48 (50%) / Stoll 9/14 / Kopitar 6/15

3/5 / 6-4 vs STL / 31/56 (55%) / Stoll 14/16 / Kopitar 7/16

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Alec martinez

#27 | 6′ 1″ | 210 lb | Age: 29

Born: July 26, 1987
Birthplace: Rochester Hills, MI, USA
Position: D
Handedness: Left


Bio: Martinez was drafted by the LA Kings in the 2007 Draft, while playing for Miami University. He has since become a two-time Stanley Cup champion and the 17th man in Stanley Cup playoff history to score the Cup-winning goal in overtime.

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.