October 3 postgame notes, highlights - LA Kings Insider

-The Kings improved to 20-17-9 all-time in season openers. They have won three of their last four season openers, with all three wins coming in overtime or a shootouts: 2010-11 – 2-1 SOW @ VAN, 2011-12 3-2 OTW vs NYR, 2013-14 3-2 SOW @ MIN

-The Wild lost a home opener for the first time in the franchise’s history. Minnesota fell to 11-0-2 all-time in home openers, with the other point earned in October, 2000 as a result of a 3-3 tie with Philadelphia in what was the first regular season game ever played at the Xcel Energy Center.

-Los Angeles improved to 22-14-5 all-time against Minnesota, including a record of 11-7-7 at the Xcel Energy Center. Thursday’s win snapped a three-game road losing streak (0-1-2) to the Wild.

-The Kings won’t visit St. Paul again until the 2014-15 season. The two remaining games against the Wild (1/7/14, 3/31/14) will both take place in Los Angeles.

-Willie Mitchell recorded 24:28 of ice time in his regular season return to the lineup. He logged 4:27 on the penalty kill. He was credited with one hit and one blocked shot.

-Ryan Suter logged a game-high 30:16 of ice time for Minnesota, 5:33 of which was spent on the power play.

-Robyn Regehr finished with an assist, a plus-1 rating and tied for a game-high three blocked shots in 20:03 of ice time.

-Anze Kopitar won 5-of-19 faceoffs (26%). Los Angeles won 19-of-51 faceoffs (37%).

-Mikko Koivu (16-of-23), Kyle Brodziak (7-of-9) and Zenon Konopka (3-of-3) led Minnesota in faceoffs.

-With three shots apiece, Matt Frattin and Jeff Carter were the only Kings to finish with more than two shots on goal. Zach Parise finished with a game-high eight shots.

-all videos courtesy KingsVision

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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.