Waking up with the Kings: April 3 - LA Kings Insider

-A regulation loss punctuated what was otherwise a very good road trip for the Los Angeles Kings, who strung together three wins and seven points from five games over nine days. The players would never be quick to admit it, but I did think last night’s game indicated the batteries could use some recharging. It didn’t have to do with physical fatigue (most of the team had a day off on Monday) as much as it had to do with mental fatigue, and a grinding, workmanlike Phoenix team that presents a challenge on any night was even more effective against an L.A. team at the end of a trip. It was still a game that hung in the balance of several bounces as the Kings were denied on the second and third opportunities in front of a very good Jason LaBarbera and in the face of a committed Coyotes performance.

-Speaking of LaBarbera, he was the better goaltender in this game and deserving of the first star. He was well squared to the shooter throughout the night, resulting in several quality opportunities hitting him in the howling Coyote on the front of his jersey. His best saves were made with his pads late in the second period – one on Jeff Carter off a well-placed Brad Richardson two-on-one feed, and the other on a low Drew Doughty blast from the top of the right circle off a feed from Anze Kopitar. There was also a strong first period glove save on Dustin Brown during a Kings power play in a scoreless game. Re-living some of these highlights I’m being reminded how strong of a defensive game Phoenix played despite Los Angeles putting up 40 shots for the third time on the road trip.

-Quick, on the other hand, has been better, and Yandle’s insurance tally from below the left hash marks is a tough goal to allow when trailing by one late. But let me be perfectly clear: this game wasn’t lost because of Jonathan Quick. The Kings lost because they scored only one goal and were repeatedly denied second and third opportunities at the other end of the rink by an excellent Coyotes effort. Was anyone else thinking about how L.A. was missing Dustin Penner on the left side last night? I wouldn’t be surprised if the Kings made a trade for a winger today, though it does appear the going rate for a top-six forward may be a touch high for what the team is willing to pay.

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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.