Scrimmage tidbits - LA Kings Insider

-I’m not going to make a consistent habit of reporting on lines until we get deeper into the preseason or if there are changes to previously established lines that appear to be taking shape. That said, the forward lines in Saturday’s scrimmage – a 1-0 win by Black over White – were mostly fluid. The defensive pairings did not change as much.

White pairings:

Black pairings:

-It looks like I missed a White pairing, as they were on the opposite end of the rink. These pairings reveal potential alignments for Sunday’s split squad games against Phoenix and little else. Level of attention that should be given: 2.

-With Dustin Brown nursing a hamstring, Tyler Toffoli opened the game as the left wing on Anze Kopitar’s line opposite Justin Williams.

-Black’s only goal came on a quick, low snapper from the right circle by Matt Frattin on Ben Scrivens. It was on the opposite end of the rink, and it was difficult to determine how the play developed. That said, Frattin was dangerous for much of the game and had a quality look several minutes prior when he received a pass in the left circle and snapped a shot off Jonathan Quick’s glove and out of play.

-Jordan Weal continued to impress with his speed and tenacity. Odds are against the diminutive winger suiting up for the Kings in the regular season, but he had two good looks for White on one shift late in the game. The two scoring chances arose when he created a turnover on a Black breakout.

Darryl Sutter, on Jordan Weal: “I’ve seen him in junior, and he’s come a long way from being a junior player. So he’s a well trained little guy, and he deserves to play in a preseason game.”

-Controversy ensued at the end of the game in a humorous moment as Alec Martinez had an apparent game-tying goal waved off with seconds remaining. The defenseman received a pass at the top of the right circle before his wristshot was knocked down by Patrik Bartosak. It didn’t sound as though the whistle blew, but when Martinez banged in his rebound, the goal was disallowed following a brief officials conference as it was determined that there was an intention by the referee to blow the whistle. The competitive Daniel Carcillo was lobbying on behalf of his team to no avail as the media congregated in the corner pointed at the net to signal goal. The game ended in Black’s favor.

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Adrian Kempe

#9 | 6′ 2″ | 195 lb | Age: 21

Born: September 13, 1996
Birthplace: Kramfors, SWE
Position: LW
Handedness: Left


Kempe was selected by the Kings in the first round (29th overall) in the 2014 NHL Draft.

Alex Iafallo

#19 | 6′ | 185 lb | Age: 23

Born: December 21, 1993
Birthplace: Eden, NY, USA
Position: C
Handedness: Left


Iafallo was signed by the Kings as an unrestricted free agent on April 18, 2017.

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.

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.