Waking up with the Kings: March 10 - LA Kings Insider

-Saturday night’s game was an appropriate example of Darryl Sutter’s assertion earlier in the week that save percentage is a team stat. Entering the game, Los Angeles was tied for 24th in save percentage and Calgary was 27th. The first period contained five goals, including a Flames neutral zone turnover that led to Trevor Lewis’ odd-angle rip, Jake Muzzin being allowed ample time from the left point (and then out-waiting a sliding Tim Jackman, whose shot blocking attempt was unsuccessful) to unleash his post-in wristshot through traffic, and a Kings breakdown re-entering their own zone late in the period that allowed Alex Tanguay’s tap-in on a cross-crease pass from Mark Giordano. Anze Kopitar’s stick-side snapper early in the third period (off a terrific diagonal feed across the neutral zone by Justin Williams) added to Miikka Kiprusoff’s rough night, and wide open lanes of space on Colin Fraser’s one-timer appeared to be a reflection of defensive coverage and the inability of Calgary’s forwards to create pressure on the backcheck after they turned the puck over in L.A.’s zone. This was mostly a reflection of the Flames’ defensive inconsistencies; other than the late first period goal, Jonathan Quick and Los Angeles’ team defense enjoyed a much stronger performance than in the loss to Dallas two nights prior.

-As Sutter alluded to at yesterday’s morning skate, Jeff Carter continues to use diverse means to get the puck in the back of the net. Not all of his 13 goals over 13 games have come from quickly released wristshots from the circles – perhaps his most impressive tally this season was the game-tying power play goal against Detroit two Wednesdays ago in which he had his back to the net when he redirected a Mike Richards pass between his legs and past Jimmy Howard. He scored from close range once again in Saturday’s win off a selfless feed from Dustin Brown, who appeared to have plenty of net to work with himself when he received a Slava Voynov pass at the side of the net through a seam. While Carter’s six game-winning goals lead the league, don’t overlook his four first-goals, which can help a team impose its own tone on a game and reduce the nagging stress that can accumulate if a team has to fight from behind too often.

-General managers, players and fans of other teams in the playoff hunt may want to send a thank you note to the Los Angeles Kings, who have taken part in the fewest three-point games in the Western Conference. The Kings have now appeared in 17 consecutive games without heading to overtime, the longest stretch of one-season regulation play since they appeared in 22 consecutive games without heading past regulation from January 27 to March 14, 2003. L.A. also appeared in 17 consecutive games without heading past regulation between March 17 and October 14, 2007, though that streak was spread over parts of two seasons. Since the epic 22-game non-OT run, the team has appeared in 16 consecutive games without heading past 60 minutes three times: February 11 to December 14, 2005, March 31 to October 19, 2009, and December 26, 2010 to January 24, 2011. Last year the Kings were squared away after 60 minutes 24 times, tied with Minnesota and Vancouver for the second most in the league behind Florida’s 25 overtime games.

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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.