Waking up with the Kings: October 8 - LA Kings Insider

-If you looked behind the goal at which the Kings shot twice, you saw large black drapes obscuring the ongoing renovations of the San Manuel Club. It’s almost representative of the start of the Los Angeles Kings season – there are still plenty of areas that need to be tinkered out and adjusted and some principles that could stand to be hammered home early in the season. After last night’s game, the first and most important appears to be better protection of the puck. The Rangers’ goals scored through the first two periods came off of defensive zone turnovers on breakout passes, and after the game Darryl Sutter intimated that a lineup adjustment could be made, saying that Alec Martinez and Jake Muzzin “are pretty interchangeable.” It’s apparent that the team has the right materials and the right builders with which to construct a winning season, and three games in it’s clear that the slight renovation is still ongoing.

-The inevitability of Brad Richards’ second period goal could be felt throughout the building and came following a Kings power play in which they were outchanced by the Rangers penalty kill. In the two minutes and 28 seconds between Anton Stralman being whistled for holding and Richards scoring to increase New York’s lead, here was the official sequence of play: Stralman whistled for holding (8:18) … Kopitar wins offensive zone draw (8:18) … Voynov offensive zone giveaway (8:30) … Carter’s shot blocked by Girardi (8:55) … Pyatt shot on goal (9:07) … Quick covers (9:08) … D. Moore wins offensive zone draw (9:08) … Williams defensive zone giveaway (9:17) … D. Moore misses net on slapshot (9:20) … Voynov defensive zone giveaway (10:27) … Brassard misses net on wristshot (10:28) … Nash takeaway (10:42) … B. Richards goal (10:46).

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-Los Angeles has scored two goals during five-on-five play through the first 185 minutes of the season. One goal was scored by Jeff Carter; the other was scored by Matt Greene. Though the Brown-Kopitar-Williams line offered multiple flashes of pressure Monday night – with Brown ricocheting a puck off the post during a sequence of excellent forechecking and possession shortly before the Rangers took the lead in the first period – the line is yet to produce an even strength goal. We’re obviously still in the small sample size portion of the season, but if the Kings are to raise the ceiling of their scoring output, that line needs to be productive and consistently generating scoring opportunities during even strength play. In other breaking news, water is wet.

-What should the reaction be to Jonathan Quick’s gaffe? On one hand, he was the primary reason the Rangers weren’t ahead by multiple goals at the time of Ryan McDonagh’s 180-foot goal, and he can be given a pass for his miscue considering how many saves on Grade A scoring chances he has made in a Kings jersey. On the other hand, well, did we witness the wrong kind of history last night? Has there been another goal as fluky scored in the history of Staples Center? In Kings history? I’ve covered hockey for 14 years and attended my first NHL game in 1986, and I can’t recall a similar goal scored at the NHL level. Fortunately for Los Angeles, Quick’s hardened resolve is often illuminated following those brief moments in which his nearly impenetrable guard is questioned. It was one play – really two or three seconds – amongst an otherwise stellar 60-minute performance, but it will still be interesting to see how the goaltender will respond Wednesday night against Ottawa.

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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.