SO LET’S JUST GET THIS OUT OF THE WAY I am speaking to you from Points South, as I have a wedding this weekend and will not be returning to L.A. until Sunday afternoon. This means that everyone moves up a spot. James Nicholson will be responsible for covering practices, tomorrow’s morning skate and the game against Vancouver. Neil, you are now Honorary LAKI Intern. Duncanz, you are now Neil.

Don’t expect any major changes. James will post quotes, notes, and will update the game thread. There won’t be a zone entry chart on Saturday night, nor will there be a Waking Up with the Kings Sunday morning. I’ll have some time Saturday morning to write a game preview and add an update or two; please have patience if news breaks or if there are any minor irregularities.

Other than the split squad home preseason game against Phoenix, the last Kings game I did not attend was Game 5 of the 2012 Western Conference Final. I don’t root for or against any particular outcomes or teams, but I will be rooting against the general chaos that came as a result of that game. Even in the event of Mass Hysteria, you’re in James’ capable hands. Give him a follow on Twitter.

I will return Sunday afternoon and will have a practice update upon my arrival.

A BRIEF UPDATE Earlier this week several of the minds responsible for running LA Kings Insider had a meeting to look back at the three months since the changes to the site’s aesthetics were implemented. We agreed to tinker with the layout and are planning a slight change to give the site a more linear feel, with a smaller amount of space taken up by photographs. We’re also planning on updating the site to be able to control what is said in the preview caption that appears underneath each headline. Think of it as a combination between the previous version of the site and the current version. There won’t be any radical changes. I’ll have more updates for you during the process.

Providing feedback on your LAKI experience always helps us. Please email me at jonnyrosen-at-gmail-dot-com with any suggestions, critiques and observations, and they will be shared with the LA Kings digital team. I may not be able to respond immediately due to my personal obligations this weekend, though I’ll forward your emails along to the proper targets and will reply when I am able to.

OK, I’ve taken up enough of your time. Enjoy your Friday and tomorrow’s game against the Canucks. Please remember that the LA Kings Food Drive will continue Saturday night, and that it will be greatly appreciated if you deposit non-perishable goods into food bins upon your arrival at the game. Tomorrow’s game is a 7:00 p.m. start.

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Alec martinez

#27 | 6′ 1″ | 210 lb | Age: 29

Born: July 26, 1987
Birthplace: Rochester Hills, MI, USA
Position: D
Handedness: Left

Bio

Bio: Martinez was drafted by the LA Kings in the 2007 Draft, while playing for Miami University. He has since become a two-time Stanley Cup champion and the 17th man in Stanley Cup playoff history to score the Cup-winning goal in overtime.

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Anze Kopitar

#11 | 6′ 3″ | 224 lb | Age: 29

Born: August 24, 1987
Birthplace: Jesenice, SVN
Position: C
Handedness: Left

Bio

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.

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Drew Doughty

#8 | 6′ 1″ | 195 lb | Age: 26

Born: December 8, 1989
Birthplace: London, ON, CAN
Position: D
Handedness: Right

Bio

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.

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Tyler Toffoli

#73 | 6′ 1″ | 200 lb | Age: 24

Born: April 24, 1992
Birthplace: Scarborough, ON, CAN
Position: C
Handedness: Right

Bio

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.
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Jeff Carter

#77 | 6′ 4″ | 215 lb | Age: 31

Born: January 1, 1985
Birthplace: London, ON, CAN
Position: C
Handedness: Right

Bio

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.

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Jonathan Quick

#32 | 6′ 1″ | 218 lb | Age: 30

Born: January 21, 1986
Birthplace: Milford, CT, USA
Position: G
Handedness: Left

Bio

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.

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