Waking up with the Kings: March 22 - LA Kings Insider

-After the win over Colorado last month, Darryl Sutter offered a relevant quote that pertains to last night’s loss to Dallas. “It’s not always whether you win or lose. It’s whether you’re winning or losing,” he said after the 4-1 win on February 23. Despite last night’s loss, Kings fans should be encouraged by a pair of “winning” Jonathan Quick performances this week in which he stopped 46 of 48 shots over two games and couldn’t be faulted for either goal. The first goal, which fell in the “greasy” category, as Anze Kopitar mentioned last night, came off a Jaromir Jagr backhand that was heading wide before deflecting off Drew Doughty. On the second goal, scored on a three-on-two rush, Quick covered a lot of space in the crease and got a piece of Ray Whitney’s one-timer before it found the back of the net. It appeared as though he was locating the puck well, and his tremendous glove save on Trevor Daley was the type of save that Kings fans practically expected him to make a season ago. Though it was a strong performance, his home save percentage actually dropped from .908 to .907; the degree of improvement from his .889 road save percentage will have some say in how Los Angeles fares in its upcoming trip through Chicago, St. Louis, Minnesota, Dallas and Phoenix.

-Kari Lehtonen was excellent on the other end of the ice in earning his first shutout of the season. I replayed several of his saves this morning, and his denial of Jake Muzzin’s power play wristshot from the tops of the circles early in the first period had quite a bit of say in Dallas’ success. Los Angeles hadn’t trailed at home since the previous Dallas game – they had outscored opponents 9-2 in the first period during their five-game home winning streak – and this game would have taken a completely different trajectory if the Kings stuck to their familiar home script and jumped ahead early. A list of Pacific Division goaltenders that are a part of a rotation this year offers another example of the parity out west. When names such as Quick, Lehtonen, Jonathan Bernier, Mike Smith, Antti Niemi, Jonas Hiller and Viktor Fasth are listed on scoresheets, Darryl Sutter’s observation that “There ain’t no weak sisters” is again illustrated.

-Jordan Nolan’s north-south game was impressive in his 8:16 of ice time. His most high-profile move was his first period chip work along the boards to himself before driving through Alex Goligoski and cutting towards the tops of the circles where he tested Lehtonen low with a quick shot that was kicked aside. He is at his best when he’s getting pucks deep, forechecking and making hits on the opposing defensemen deep in the attacking zone. There shouldn’t be anything fancy; he’s not an east-west player. It’s similar to the role that Kyle Clifford continues to chisel out.

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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.