May 1 practice report - LA Kings Insider


The Kings held an optional practice at Scottrade Center on Wednesday. 12 skaters got on the ice with goaltender Jonathan Bernier: Matt Greene, Alec Martinez, Jake Muzzin, Keaton Ellerby, Tyler Toffoli, Colin Fraser, Dwight King, Kyle Clifford, Dustin Penner, Jordan Nolan, Trevor Lewis and Brad Richardson.


Robyn Regehr toughed out a broken nose suffered when the heel of David Backes’ skate caught him in the face during a battle behind the Kings’ net early in the third period. Regehr acknowledged his luck in that it wasn’t any part of the skate blade that made contact with his face.

On the number of broken noses he has suffered in his NHL career, Regehr kept a sense of humor.

“I’ve stopped counting,” he said.


Darryl Sutter was asked after practice about what would influence his decision to re-insert Matt Greene into the lineup.

“If he’s healthy,” Sutter responded.

Greene suffered an undisclosed injury in the loss to Detroit on April 24 that has kept him “day-to-day” over the previous week. It prevented the Kings from continuing to break in the veteran defenseman to late-season hockey after he returned from a back injury that had limited his 2011-12 regular season time on ice to 76 minutes and 26 seconds.

Sutter acknowledged that getting Greene acclimated to the pace of playoff hockey was also a consideration.

“It’s not just healthy, but he’s got to be up to speed. He needed about 10 games, to be quite honest,” Sutter said. “You just don’t put him in the lineup because he’s Matt Greene. Matt Greene has to be able to play and perform. We were hoping to get more games, quite honest, from him before, and he got banged up. We’ll see. I’m quite happy playing those two kids (Muzzin and Ellerby) because they’re both very capable, too.”

On Muzzin and Ellerby, Sutter thought the pair grew into their minutes after a trial-by-fire first period.

“Well Keaton had actually played a few minutes one (playoff) game – he got hurt actually, he said, in Florida – last year. So really, it was both their first games, and as a pair, early in the game, it looked like it was their first games, and that’s not a criticism. You know what…they both played a lot better as the game went on, but at the same time it put a lot of pressure on the other four guys early, and…a big reason why we spent so much time in our own zone was those kids had trouble early in the game.”


Darryl Sutter wasn’t surprised by the performance of St. Louis’ fourth line of Ryan Reaves, Chris Porter and Adam Cracknell, which had built up a reputation late in the season of providing hungry, relentless minutes while showing a knack for providing secondary scoring. The three combined for 18 hits even though none of them played more than 11:41 in the overtime win.

Sutter was blunt about what he’s looking for from his own “grittier” players.

“Some of the boys that play on our fourth line have to play like big boys.”

“Our fourth line has been interchangeable because, quite honest, some of the kids haven’t played very well. I know everybody goes back to last year, but those kids that we brought up last year have not played very well this year, so we were hoping for them to play better now and better in a hurry.”

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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.