Game 3 lineup notes - LA Kings Insider

Projected Lines – Los Angeles

Dustin Brown – Anze Kopitar – Justin Williams
Dwight King – Mike Richards – Jeff Carter
Dustin Penner – Trevor Lewis – Tyler Toffoli
Tanner Pearson – Colin Fraser – Brad Richardson

Robyn Regehr – Drew Doughty
Rob Scuderi – Slava Voynov
Jake Muzzin – Keaton Ellerby

Jonathan Quick
Jonathan Bernier

-Kyle Clifford and Jarret Stoll will not play due to injury. Tanner Pearson appears set to make his NHL debut in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, replacing Jordan Nolan. Keaton Ellerby is likely to draw into the lineup for Alec Martinez, who was a minus-3 and took two minor penalties in Game 2. Ellerby played in the first four games of the St. Louis series, though he earned more than 10 minutes solely in Game 1. He was used primarily as a penalty-killing defender as the team switched to seven defensemen for Game 3. Versatile Brad Richardson, who was effective in Jarret Stoll’s absence, is likely to slot opposite Pearson on Colin Fraser’s line. More on potential lineup changes in Darryl Sutter’s morning skate quotes, which will follow shortly.

Projected Lines – San Jose

TJ Galiardi – Joe Thornton – Brent Burns
Patrick Marleau – Logan Couture – Joe Pavelski
Martin Havlat – Scott Gomez – Tommy Wingels
Andrew Desjardins – Tim Kennedy – James Sheppard

Matt Irwin – Dan Boyle
Marc-Edouard Vlasic – Justin Braun
Scott Hannan – Brad Stuart

Antti Niemi
Thomas Greiss

-Martin Havlat will make his series debut. He suffered a groin injury in the first period of Game 1 of San Jose’s sweep of Vancouver and has been dogged by injury issues in his two years with the Sharks. In 40 regular season games, the talented skater has recorded eight goals, 18 points and a plus-7 rating. Havlat’s availability raises questions about the lines. Raffi Torres had been skating as the right wing with Marleau and Couture but is suspended for the remainder of the series. Joe Pavelski moved into Torres’ spot for Game 3, but could also rejoin the third line if Todd McLellan prefers to use Havlat as the second line right wing. Scott Gomez, who was effective in Game 2, had been skating as a fourth line center and could potentially return to that role should Pavelski return to third line center. In any case, either Tim Kennedy or Bracken Kearns will be out for Game 3. It is somewhat complicated. San Jose Mercury News Sharks beat writer has more on San Jose’s potential alignments here. Jason Demers remains doubtful with an ankle injury. Forward Adam Burish is out for the series with an upper-body injury.

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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.