Waking up with the Kings: March 31 - LA Kings Insider

-Who starts in goal this evening in Dallas? Will there be any lineup changes? There’s no morning skate and the Kings don’t announce their starting goaltenders or lineups ahead of time, so it’s not possible to observe who comes off the ice first or who stays on for extra work. I’m leaning 55-45% in favor of Jonathan Bernier starting on the second night of a back-to-back, but travel and back-to-back games are not firm precedents that determine starting goaltenders in Darryl Sutter’s considerations. Given the fury Jonathan Quick exhibited at the end of the shootout last night, I’m guessing that his competitive nature has him itching for chance to rebound quickly against the Stars. On the other hand, Bernier is 7-2-0 with a 1.94 goals against average and .923 save percentage, hasn’t started a game since stopping 40 of 42 shots against Phoenix on March 19, and is yet to face a Dallas team that is 2-0-0 against the Kings.

-As for potential lineup changes, it is possible that Dustin Penner or Brad Richardson could re-enter the lineup in the place of either Jordan Nolan or Colin Fraser. I thought the Fraser line strayed a bit from its north-south role of forechecking, making hits behind the opponents’ goal line and providing energy; they turned over several pucks in the neutral zone and while gaining entry into the attacking end. On Minnesota’s first goal, what appeared to be an attempted drop pass from Fraser to Nolan in the offensive zone was poked free, leading to a three-on-three in the other direction that ended with Matt Cullen’s glove-side wristshot up high past Quick. Penner is the likelier candidate to re-enter the lineup and would replace Nolan; if Sutter is looking for a different look at center, Richardson could potentially replace Fraser. I’ll address this in an abbreviated preview later today.

-Rule 60.1 High-sticking – A “high stick” is one which is carried above the height of the opponent’s shoulders. Players and goalkeepers must be in control and responsible for their stick. However, a player is permitted accidental contact on an opponent if the act is committed as a normal windup or follow through of a shooting motion. A wild swing at a bouncing puck would not be considered a normal windup or follow through (emphasis: LAKI) and any contact to an opponent above the height of the shoulders shall be penalized accordingly.

I’m upstairs above the last row of the seating area and I didn’t have any replays available, but my interpretation of the play was that it was a “wild swing at a bouncing puck”, not a “normal follow through of a shooting motion”, that caught Slava Voynov shortly before the third period goaltender interference penalty assessed to Jordan Nolan. Had the high stick been called, the play would have been whistled dead. There would have been no goaltender interference and no subsequent five-on-three that tied the game. Of course, the Kings were still tasked with killing a pair of penalties after the non-call, and they were unable to do so.

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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.