April 30: Tuesday morning preview links - LA Kings Insider

Los Angeles Times

Helene Elliott: A look at the Kings-Blues first-round playoff series

Helene Elliott: It’s Kings and Blues again, but from a different angle

Helene Elliott: NHL Stanley Cup Playoff Preview

St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Jeremy Rutherford: It’s crunch time for hungry Blues

Jeremy Rutherford: Blues glad to face LA in playoffs

Dan O’Neill: Elliott hopes to rewrite the script

Bernie Miklasz: Bonus Bytes: Blues are clear underdogs

Belleville News-Democrat

Norm Sanders: Stacking up the Blues and Kings for Round 1 of the playoffs

Norm Sanders: Blues and Kings in a rematch: Only the strong will survive

Norm Sanders: Blues GM breaks down reasons for the team’s late-season hot stretch


Curtis Zupke: Jonathan Quick has work cut out to replicate 2012 postseason

Louie Korac: Bouwmeester focused on an extended playoff run

John Kreiser: Why the Kings will win the Stanley Cup

Tal Pinchevsky: Why the Blues will win the Stanley Cup


Pierre LeBrun: First round preview: Blues-Kings

ESPN.com Staff: Experts’ 2013 first-round picks

ESPN.com Staff: EA Sports NHL 13 Finals sim: Rangers top Blackhawks


TSN.ca Staff: Series Preview: No. 4 St. Louis Blues vs No. 5 Los Angeles Kings

Canadian Press: Blues ready for another shot at Stanley Cup champion Kings

Jewels from the Crown

Robert P.: Kings vs Blues: Round One Series Preview

Associated Press

R.B. Fallstrom: Kings-Blues Preview

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.