Waking up with the Kings: April 12 - LA Kings Insider

-Regarding the first Kings goal, I’m not sure if Sami Aittokallio saw shots quite of that caliber for AHL-Lake Erie. Jeff Carter quickly and effortlessly released a post-in wristshot from the left circle early in the first period last night and with the demeanor of a hardened assassin, offered a slight fist pump without cracking a smile.

-Speaking of effortless shots, Anze Kopitar’s offers a textbook example. On a slapshot or one-timer, his windup, point of contact and follow through generates so much force considering the ease at which it seems to be applied.

-Good on Aittokallio for making impressive saves with Los Angeles leading 2-0, including a stop on a Brad Richardson attempt off a quick cut to the center of the ice during a first period rush. The 20-year-old became the second-youngest Avalanche goaltender to appear in a game last night – Marc Denis was 19 when he debuted in 1996 – and it was disappointing for him not to be able to finish the game due to leg cramps and dehydration.

-Los Angeles’ pressure game got away in the second period as the team got back on its heels and played a passive game, allowing Colorado to dictate the pace and attempt the first nine shots on goal of the middle frame. Anze Kopitar dismissed a question about complacency against a last place team after the game last night, saying “We know what our goal is, and I guess in two weeks or three weeks we’re where want to be and what kind of style we want to play, and sitting back is not the one to play.” Of the last six periods, one has been excellent (1st-COL), four have been poor (1st-DAL, 2nd-DAL, 3rd-DAL, 2nd-COL) and one saw a poor first half and a strong second half (3rd-COL). Jonathan Quick has generally been very good over this time and made an awfully good glove save on Matt Duchene early in the third period.

-And, of course, the Kings won a shootout for the first time since January 28. Points are points are points.

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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.