Waking up with the Kings: April 7 - LA Kings Insider

-The Los Angeles Kings scored on their first shot for the second game in a row, withstood some Edmonton Oilers buzzing midway through the first period, tacked on a second goal on a Jeff Carter power play deflection late in the period and proceeded to grind and wear down the visitors in five-on-five play en route to a workmanlike 4-1 win Saturday afternoon at Staples Center. The Kings were efficient on the man advantage, scoring their first two power play goals this week and doing more damage than an Edmonton unit that scored once in four attempts after sneaking up to third in the NHL in power play efficiency. Taylor Hall, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Jordan Eberle found few opportunities at even strength as their speed and playmaking ability was channeled effectively towards the perimeter of the ice. Did yesterday’s game mark the fewest odd-man rushes by a Kings opponent this season?

-Regarding Los Angeles’ penalty killing, don’t overlook a first period reach by Colin Fraser late on Edmonton’s first power play. His pokecheck to disrupt a pass intended for Shawn Horcoff on the backdoor saved a probable goal that would have tied the game at one.

-It has been discussed both on this blog and in my first intermission analysis with Nick Nickson several times: yes, Jeff Carter is known for a lot more than simply scoring goals. When I’ve spoken with former coaches of his and those who have followed him from his Ontario Hockey League days, his defensive responsibility has always been a topic of conversation. He gets a mostly regular shorthanded shift, ranking fifth amongst L.A.’s forwards with an average of 1:18 of shorthanded time on ice per game. His strong five-on-five backchecking was noticeable again yesterday, a result of his powerful strides and ability to effortlessly cover large swaths of ice.

-So there’s kind of a big game down in Anaheim today. It seemed that for as many Edmonton-based questions asked in the locker room and to Darryl Sutter after the game, there were just as many referencing the Ducks and the success that they’ve had at Honda Center this year. Both teams were complimentary of each other, and it was interesting to hear Darryl Sutter practically concede the division. “We know they’re a division winner, and I’m not saying that because we play them tomorrow,” Sutter said after yesterday’s game. “But when you get off to that type of lead, that’s impossible to make it up.” Is it? Los Angeles is eight points behind Anaheim with 10 games remaining, including a pair (one home, one away) against their Freeway Faceoff rivals. The Ducks do have a significantly easier schedule, facing only one current playoff team – the Canucks – in addition to the Kings over the remainder of the regular season. Six of Anaheim’s final 10 games are against Edmonton, Colorado, Calgary and Columbus. If the Ducks win tonight’s game, I’m favoring Sutter’s analysis.

“It’s going to be physical. It’s going to be a big man’s game.”
-Corey Perry, to Helene Elliott of the LA Times

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Adrian Kempe

#9 | 6′ 2″ | 195 lb | Age: 21

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


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

Alex Iafallo

#19 | 6′ | 185 lb | Age: 23

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


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

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.

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.