Practice lines adjusted; team unfazed - LA Kings Insider

The Kings lines in practice today were:

Dwight King – Dustin Brown – Anze Kopitar – Justin Williams
Daniel Carcillo – Mike Richards – Jeff Carter
Kyle Clifford – Trevor Lewis – Matt Frattin
Colin Fraser – Jarret Stoll – Jordan Nolan

Robyn Regehr – Drew Doughty
Willie Mitchell – Slava Voynov
Alec Martinez – Matt Greene
Jake Muzzin – Keaton Ellerby

-Should we read much into that? Maybe not, according to Darryl Sutter.

“Quite honest, there were three or four guys that we were going to give a maintenance day, and then they wanted to go, so…that’s what came out of the hat.”

Whether the lines stay the same at the morning skate tomorrow will be a much more firm indicator of whether there will be heavy changes to the previously established lines. Count on Alec Martinez making his season debut tomorrow; Daniel Carcillo is also likely to be in the mix.

-Though he never skated consistently with Jeff Carter, Carcillo estimated that he skated “30-so” games with Mike Richards while they played for Philadelphia.

“He’s just a smart hockey player. He’s got a high hockey IQ. Just going to read off him,” Carcillo said of Richards. “Whatever line I’m on, it doesn’t really matter. I know what my job is. Be first on pucks and win battles, and get to the net and get to those hard areas, and get them the puck and provide energy, and obviously just play the same way that I do on any of the lines, really.”

-Colin Fraser is a natural center that gained experience on the left wing while playing for Chicago’s AHL affiliates in Norfolk and Rockford due to a logjam of centers within the system.

He also saw scant time as a left wing alongside Jarret Stoll early in his tenure with the Kings – not that his placing is going to have much of an effect on his sandpaper tendencies.

“Whatever keeps me in the lineup, I’m going to play,” Fraser said. “I’m going to play hard, and it’s not really going to change my style of play.”

From his perspective, there’s nothing wrong with mixing things up this early in the season.

“The NHL’s parity is so close, right? So you can’t fall behind the eight ball, because it’s hard to crawl back in. It seems you lose three, four, five in a row, you’re out of the playoffs, and you win three, four, five in a row, and you’re in first place. Definitely at a minimum we’ve got to keep pace, but obviously we want to be better than that. You approach every game, you want to win it. You’re not going to win every game, but if you’re going to lose, you’ve got to lose honestly, and kind of not the way we did last night.”

-Continuing the trend, Trevor Lewis wasn’t particularly concerned with where he lined up.

“It doesn’t really matter to me where I play, center left or right. I’m happy any way I can help the team,” he said. “I think we just need to find a little chemistry and balance, and maybe create a little more chances. I know our line the past few games hasn’t created as many chances as we’d like. We’ll see how it goes. I’m happy to play center or wherever. It’s fine with me.”

Prior to playing center during the San Jose playoff series last spring, Lewis was already familiar with the position.

“I grew up playing center, so I’m pretty comfortable with it. I think a couple of years ago I really was focusing on my faceoffs and getting better at those. I think I’ve gotten better at those, and like I said, it doesn’t matter to me where I play,” he said.

-Beginning with last night’s game against the Rangers, the Kings will play every other night through the October 21 home game against Calgary. The schedule dictates that players will take an odd maintenance day here and there, and lines at practices aren’t necessarily set in stone.

“Our schedule’s pretty intense here for quite a while, right until we come back from Nashville. So we’ll [play] every other day with a lot of travel, so we’ve got to be careful.”

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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.