Game 36 Preview: Los Angeles at Phoenix - LA Kings Insider

Los Angeles Projected Starting Goaltender – Jonathan Quick
Season: 27 GP (26 GS) / 12-10-3 / 2.52 GAA / .895 / 1 SHO
Career vs Phoenix: 25 (25) / 12-10-3 / 2.54 / .908 / 4
Last Game vs Phoenix: 3/18/13 / 60 MP / 27-27 shots / 4-0 W
2012-13, Away: 15 (15) / 5-6-2 / 3.09 / .887 / 0

Phoenix Projected Starting Goaltender – Jason LaBarbera
Season: 12 (7) / 2-5-2 / 2.64 / .918 / 0
Career vs Los Angeles: 5 (4) / 1-3-0 / 3.47 / .880 / 0
Last Game vs Los Angeles: 3/18/13 / 12 MP / 7-7 shots / 0-4 (ND)
2012-13, Home: 6 (2) / 1-3-0 / 2.37 / .924 / 0

Los Angeles Leaders
Total Points: Anze Kopitar (10-22=32)
Goals: Jeff Carter (20-4=24)
Assists: Anze Kopitar (10-22=32)
Plus/Minus: Justin Williams (+15; 7-17=24)
Penalty Minutes: Keaton Ellerby (50*; 0-3=3)
*36 of Ellerby’s penalty minutes came as a member of the Florida Panthers.

Phoenix Leaders
Total Points: Shane Doan (11-10=21)
Goals: Shane Doan (11-10=21)
Assists: Oliver Ekman-Larsson (3-16=19)
Plus/Minus: Zbynek Michalek (+6; 0-2=2)
Penalty Minutes: Kyle Chipchura (48; 4-6=10)

Rankings and Statistics
Goals/Game: LAK – 7 / 2.91; PHX – 17 / 2.60
Goals Against/Game: LAK – 10 / 2.46; PHX – 19 / 2.77
Power Play: LAK – 11 / 19.5%; PHX – 22 / 15.7%
Penalty Kill: LAK – 14 / 81.2%; PHX – 11 / 82.7%
Shots/Game: LAK – 12 / 29.8; PHX – 8 / 30.5
Shots Against/Game: LAK – 2 / 24.3; PHX – 19 / 29.5
Faceoffs: LAK – 6 / 51.5%; PHX – 3 / 52.6%
Save Percentage: LAK – 23 / .899; PHX – 18 / .906

Projected Lines – Los Angeles

Dustin Brown – Anze Kopitar – Justin Williams
Tyler Toffoli – Mike Richards – Jeff Carter
Dwight King – Jarret Stoll – Trevor Lewis
Kyle Clifford – Brad Richardson – Jordan Nolan

Jake Muzzin – Drew Doughty
Rob Scuderi – Slava Voynov
Keaton Ellerby – Alec Martinez

Jonathan Quick
Jonathan Bernier

Notes: Robyn Regehr is not with the team; should he pass his physical, the earliest he would be available is Thursday’s game against Minnesota. Anze Kopitar leads all skaters with six points (3-3=6) in the season series with Phoenix. Rob Scuderi leads all NHL defensemen in shorthanded time on ice per game with 3:38. Jeff Carter has 16 goals in his last 23 games. Jake Muzzin is a plus-10 since March 2. As always, line projections are educated assessments and not definite alignments.

Projected Lines – Phoenix

Shane Doan – Martin Hanzal – Radim Vrbata
Steve Sullivan – Matthew Lombardi – Mikkel Boedker
Rob Klinkhammer – Boyd Gordon – David Moss
Kyle Chipchura – Antoine Vermette – Raffi Torres

Oliver Ekman-Larsson – Michael Stone
Keith Yandle – David Schlemko
Rostislav Klesla – Derek Morris

Jason LaBarbera
Chad Johnson

Notes: Phoenix lines via NHL’s At the Rink blog. Jason LaBarbera will make his fifth straight start since Mike Smith sustained an upper-body injury when he was bowled over behind the Phoenix net on March 21. Zbynek Michalek (lower-body) and Lauri Korpikoski (upper-body) are out for the Coyotes. Shane Doan has a three-game point streak (0-3=3). Radim Vrbata has six points (3-3=6) in five games since rejoining the Phoenix lineup on March 19. Antoine Vermette ranks fourth in the NHL with a 59.4 faceoff percentage. As always, line projections are educated assessments and not definite alignments.

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Adrian Kempe

#9 | 6′ 2″ | 195 lb | Age: 21

Born: September 13, 1996
Birthplace: Kramfors, SWE
Position: LW
Handedness: Left

Bio

Kempe was selected by the Kings in the first round (29th overall) in the 2014 NHL Draft.
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Alex Iafallo

#19 | 6′ | 185 lb | Age: 23

Born: December 21, 1993
Birthplace: Eden, NY, USA
Position: C
Handedness: Left

Bio

Iafallo was signed by the Kings as an unrestricted free agent on April 18, 2017.
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Anze Kopitar

#11 | 6′ 3″ | 224 lb | Age: 29

Born: August 24, 1987
Birthplace: Jesenice, SVN
Position: C
Handedness: Left

Bio

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.

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Drew Doughty

#8 | 6′ 1″ | 195 lb | Age: 26

Born: December 8, 1989
Birthplace: London, ON, CAN
Position: D
Handedness: Right

Bio

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.

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Jeff Carter

#77 | 6′ 4″ | 215 lb | Age: 31

Born: January 1, 1985
Birthplace: London, ON, CAN
Position: C
Handedness: Right

Bio

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.

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Jonathan Quick

#32 | 6′ 1″ | 218 lb | Age: 30

Born: January 21, 1986
Birthplace: Milford, CT, USA
Position: G
Handedness: Left

Bio

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.

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