Waking up with the Kings: October 4 - LA Kings Insider

-It was a two-point night for the Los Angeles Kings after they snuck out of the Xcel Energy Center having cooked up the ingredients necessary to steal a win on the road. For L.A., opportunity was key. The Kings didn’t generate a bevy of scoring opportunities, but when there were chances, there were often goals. Jonathan Quick kept his team in it by stopping the final 18 shots of the game – including 13 in a bland second period – before Jeff Carter pounced on a rebound in front of the net with 6:46 to play after Mike Richards shook off Ryan Suter with some nice separation to set the game-tying goal in motion. Minnesota appears to have a strong number one power play unit, and credit the Kings for withstanding a late Wild power play after Willie Mitchell’s “marginal” interference call gave the home team an opportunity to win the game late in regulation. The Kings were 4-of-5 on the penalty kill, with the fourth successful kill the most important and timely of the evening.

-Credit Jonathan Quick and the team’s experienced composure in replying quickly after a questionable goal call stood in the early moments of the game. 6:36 after Matt Cooke’s purposeful redirect, Drew Doughty’s power play blast off some give-and-take with Slava Voynov evened the score at one. There are so many full-sheet-of-ice aspects the defenseman has added to his game since then, but the last time Doughty scored in the opening month of the season came in the 2009-10 season opener. I really liked the composure the team showed after Cooke’s goal 1:04 in was determined to be legitimate. The Kings were quickly able to generate some A-scoring chances as Jeff Carter and Matt Frattin forced Nicklas Backstrom to make several outstanding saves before Doughty one-timed Voynov’s feed past the Finnish netminder. With a pair of righthanded shooters on the point, Voynov is able to put those types of feeds right into Doughty’s wheelhouse.

-It wasn’t the finest display of puck possession and dictating play by Los Angeles, which was somewhat to be expected when facing a quality opponent in its home opener. For the first two periods time of possession heavily favored the Wild before the Kings were able to steal some momentum through stretches of the third period. Minnesota eventually padded its shots on goal advantage with a late power play and heavy pressure over the waning minutes of regulation – credit Jonathan Quick and Trevor Lewis for preserving the late tie – before settling for a plus-11 shot discrepancy. Los Angeles finished third in the league with an average of 25 shots against per game a season ago and was rarely on the wrong end of a minus-11 shot differential. The Kings faced a minus-11 shot differential only twice in 2012-13 while outshooting their opponents by at least 11 shots 13 times.

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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.