April 18 postgame notes - LA Kings Insider

-Los Angeles swept the season series with Columbus for the first time in the series’ history, outscoring the Blue Jackets 8-4 over three games. The Kings have won 11 of the last 14 meetings between the teams since October 25, 2009.
-The Kings are now 22-9-3 in their last 34 games.
-The Kings have won five straight at home and are 17-4-1 overall at STAPLES Center (best 22-game home record in club history).
-The Kings’ 25-14-5 record is tied for the fourth-best 44-game record in club history.
-The Kings have killed 12 straight penalties, dating back to April 9 at Dallas. They are 44-for-49 (89.8%) on the penalty kill over the last 17 games.
-The Kings are 32-for-132 on the power play (24.2%) over the last 40 games after opening the season 0-for-23 on the power play.
-The Kings are now 19-2-2 when scoring first.
-Columbus out-hit Los Angeles, 50-38. Brandon Dubinsky was credited with a game-high seven hits. Jarret Stoll’s six hits led the Kings.
-The Kings recorded seven blocked shots, led by Rob Scuderi’s four blocks and Slava Voynov’s three blocks.
-Anze Kopitar recorded his 300th career assist on Drew Doughty’s first period goal.
-Matt Greene logged 16:15 in his first game since January 19. He took one penalty, was credited with five hits and recorded a minus-one rating.

The Kings have an off-day on Friday, April 19. They will return to Toyota Sports Center for practice on Saturday, April 20 at 10:30 am.

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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.