Lines, notes, sounds from the morning skate - LA Kings Insider

Based on this morning’s skate, the line combinations for this evening’s game at the Honda Center will look something like this:

Tanner Pearson – Anze Kopitar – Tyler Toffoli
Matt Frattin – Mike Richards – Jeff Carter
Kyle Clifford – Jarret Stoll – Trevor Lewis
Daniel Carcillo – Linden Vey – Scott Sabourin

Jake Muzzin – Drew Doughty
Jeff Schultz – Slava Voynov
Alec Martinez – Matt Greene

Jonathan Quick
Mathieu Garon

This is your obligatory “We’re still technically in training camp and alignments will change throughout the game so let’s not get too caught up on preseason lines” reminder.

-Still, the Pearson-Kopitar-Toffoli line will be interesting to watch. Here’s what Kopitar had to say about assuming the role of the experienced veteran alongside two younger players:

-Jonathan Quick will make his preseason debut tonight, with Mathieu Garon backing up. Similar to the games against Phoenix, the starter will go for 40 minutes before the coaches determine whether he’ll go an additional 20. The decision will be largely based on workload. Here’s Darryl Sutter discussing how he uses the preseason the get his goaltenders ready for when the games actually count:

There is very much a battle between Ben Scrivens and Garon for the backup job.

-Matt Frattin will continue to get the primary look to play alongside Mike Richards and Jeff Carter, and the trio will skate together again tonight. Hey, we’ve got a SoundCloud subscription. Let’s put it to use here:

-So…this might be awkward.


Per Eric Stephens of the Orange County Register, Viktor Fasth will get the nod for Anaheim, with John Gibson backing up. Here’s his projected Ducks lineup.

Anze Kopitar, on Sunday’s game, and what the team will look to improve:
Just sharper, really. Just sharper, and pay attention to detail and bring our intensity up a little bit. It’s a first game. You don’t want it to be sloppy, but at the end of the day you’re not going to be a hundred percent sharp and a hundred percent ready. Especially after three days of practice – and some heads are pretty full with information – so you’re going to miss a few. Tonight’s a different story. We’ve got some video to correct some things, and now it’s got to stick. Again, it’s a matter of getting sharper, and just getting ready.

Kopitar, on if he sees similarities between the assets between Tanner Pearson/Tyler Toffoli and Dustin Brown/Justin Williams:
Well, yeah. I think for them, looking down the road, that’s where they want to be, in that kind of position as Willie and Brownie are right now. So I think it’s a fun challenge for them. It’s going to be a good challenge for me to play with the young bucks, I guess. It should be fun.

Matt Frattin, on gaining comfort on the ice with his new teammates:
After the first game, I thought it was a little rough for us. But we got back to work yesterday, and just got to continue and forget about that and just kind of get on track and play our systems coming into tonight against Anaheim.

Frattin, on what he took from Sunday’s game:
I think we kind of fell into a little penalty trouble in the first period. I think we took four penalties, and that kind of slowed down our momentum. The first couple shifts we kind of started off pretty well, and then after that we were kind of on the back burner with playing PK. They capitalized on their power play, we didn’t, and that was kind of the difference.

Darryl Sutter, on Anze Kopitar skating with Tanner Pearson and Tyler Toffoli:
Well, Kopi’s got to play games to be ready. Quite honest, last year he didn’t really have a training camp with us. He was hurt when he came, and I think it affected his year. Really, Pearson-Toffoli we were going to play anyways, so that’s who he’s playing with.

Sutter, on what he’d like to see from Pearson and Toffoli:
We want them to make an impression. Give ‘em every opportunity to make one. Tyler struggled in the first game, and Tanner had a good first game, so we’ll see what happens tonight.

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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.