Waking up with the Kings: April 25 - LA Kings Insider

-The Los Angeles Kings concluded a two-game Midwestern roadtrip without a point following a 3-1 loss to the Detroit Red Wings Wednesday night at Joe Louis Arena. Coupled with San Jose’s loss in Phoenix, the door is now open for the St. Louis Blues to leapfrog the Kings and Sharks and finish in fourth place should they win their final two games against Calgary (tonight) and Chicago (Saturday night). The Blues-Blackhawks game begins at 5:00 pm PT and will be ending at approximately the same time the Kings-Sharks game gets underway. Should St. Louis not take a maximum four points from its remaining two games, the Kings would capture home ice advantage in a playoff series for the first time since 1992 should they defeat the Sharks. Obviously, updates and analysis of the developing scenarios will be posted on LA Kings Insider.

-After weathering the a storm in the first period and taking an early second period lead last night, Los Angeles was pressured into too much holding on for dear life over the remainder of a game it was out-shot, out-chanced and lost the possession and faceoff battles. This isn’t overly concerning; it was another example of the travel schedule working against L.A., combined with the absence of Dustin Brown and the imbalance of priorities between a team that had already locked up a playoff berth and a fourth straight opponent fighting tooth and nail for its own postseason right. The concern is less on last night’s loss and more on the larger scope: the Kings have only three road wins (St. Louis x2, Chicago) against teams currently in the top eight spots in the west. Chipping away at that brick of concern is that Jonathan Quick has vastly improved his play in April, posting a 5-3-1 record with a 2.28 GAA and .917 Sv% as he has raised his game in advance of the playoffs.

-Scoring has been inconsistent in April as Los Angeles has been outscored 23-16 at even strength, which includes a 4-on-4 overtime game winner by Jeff Carter over Dallas last Sunday. Only once in the last eight games (4-3 OTW vs DAL; 4/21) have the Kings scored more than one even strength goal. There are obviously many factors that weigh into this – the team’s effective power play doing much of the lifting is one – though Anze Kopitar’s one goal in his last 15 games has kept the team’s scoring pace below what it had been through much of the season. Though he has 11 assists over the span, leads the team with 41 points and will never be faulted for his defensive, playmaking or puck possession efforts, Kopitar last scored in the team’s 5-4 win over Chicago on March 25. Of course, everything resets to zero after April 27.

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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.