Several abbreviated notes on last night’s 2-1 loss to the Minnesota Wild:

-For the first time in the past week, the Los Angeles Kings were unable to match the intensity of a desperate opponent and fell 2-1 to a Minnesota Wild outfit that controlled the first 40 minutes of the game. The Kings posted a strong final 20:01 to make the game competitive late with some dominant puck possession, but other than Niklas Backstrom’s tremendous calf save on Slava Voynov with 11 seconds left, there weren’t a surplus of Grade-A chances in the third period for L.A.

-Speaking of Carter’s wrister with 0.8 seconds remaining in the second period, it came off his stick so quickly that it could hardly be seen in real time. Was it teleported? Credit Anze Kopitar for getting in on the forecheck to make a hit on Jared Spurgeon, and for Brad Richardson to immediately offer the loose puck to a slot-crashing Carter, who had come off the bench shortly beforehand. It was one of the few instances of an effective Los Angeles forecheck last night.

-At 8-11-4, the Kings’ road record is a significant concern. Los Angeles is 3-6-3 in its previous 12 away games, a road stretch in which it has allowed 40 goals (not including shootouts) for an average of 3.33 goals against per game. Jonathan Quick and Jonathan Bernier have combined to stop 548 of 614 shots (.893%) away from Staples Center this season. In advance of the playoffs, it would greatly benefit the Kings to rebound with not just a strong 60 minutes of hockey, but a key road victory in their final Western Conference matchup against the Detroit Red Wings tonight.

-More on Dustin Brown’s hit on Jason Pominville will come this afternoon.

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Alec martinez

#27 | 6′ 1″ | 210 lb | Age: 29

Born: July 26, 1987
Birthplace: Rochester Hills, MI, USA
Position: D
Handedness: Left

Bio

Bio: Martinez was drafted by the LA Kings in the 2007 Draft, while playing for Miami University. He has since become a two-time Stanley Cup champion and the 17th man in Stanley Cup playoff history to score the Cup-winning goal in overtime.

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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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Tyler Toffoli

#73 | 6′ 1″ | 200 lb | Age: 24

Born: April 24, 1992
Birthplace: Scarborough, ON, CAN
Position: C
Handedness: Right

Bio

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.
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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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