Waking up with the Kings: November 13 - LA Kings Insider

-While the Los Angeles Kings put forth an effort and performance that can’t really be faulted in last night’s 3-2 shootout loss to the Buffalo Sabres, there were two issues that combined with a terrific performance by Ryan Miller in keeping the Kings from adding two points to their total in the standings. First, the team was unable to build on an early one-goal lead. It was an ominous overtone that the game remained a one-goal affair early on despite a heavy discrepancy and shot totals that favored the visitors. Matt Frattin had perhaps the best chance that was denied by Miller in the first period when he found a seam down low and was unable to lift his own rebound past Miller on a backhand. When a team scuffling for wins like Buffalo is allowed to remain in the game – and ultimately tie it before taking the lead – all of a sudden the underdogs have added momentum and confidence, whereas a two-goal L.A. lead would have put the Sabres back in familiar territory on home ice. Secondly, the Kings were 0-for-5 on the power play goal against a team that entered the game with four goals allowed in their last seven shorthanded situations. Prior to last night, the Kings had outshot their opponents 13-3 in overtime, posting a 2-0 record. Though they received two power plays in the extra session (to be fair, one lasted only 32 seconds), they were unable to get anything past Miller with the man advantage.

-It was somewhat surprising to hear from Drew Doughty that the team didn’t do a good enough job of getting bodies to the front of the net and capitalizing on rebounds. I’m not privy to what was being discussed on the ice and in the locker room, but to me, that was his way of articulating frustration over a narrow loss, and that the team was only able to get two pucks past Miller. I was impressed through much of the game by the team’s ability to crash the net and generate scoring opportunities from a close radius, and both of the team’s goals came from having bodies in near proximity to the crease.

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-The choice of Trevor Lewis to attempt the second shot in the shootout was a curious one, as Lewis was without a point on the season and had not yet attempted a shot in the shootout, which the Kings approached with a perfect 4-0 record. Adjustments were needed with Jeff Carter out of the lineup, but the decision ultimately took the chance out of the hands of Anze Kopitar, who was 3-for-4 on the season. Often teams will go with a player who has had a recent hot hand in practice, though that’s not necessarily the reason Lewis was selected. Of course, it’s a “savvy decision” when the unsung shootout performer scores, and one that becomes widely scrutinized when the player is denied, as was the case last night. It’s a question that will be raised with Darryl Sutter at today’s practice.

-The biggest story of last night’s game had nothing to do with the team’s power play, or net-crashing ability, or choice of shooters. It had to do with Jonathan Quick, and the apparent lower-body injury he suffered in overtime. Though the details of injuries are often kept close to the vest, we should get a few hints towards its severity when the team practices later today. Whereas the injuries to Stoll, Carter and Greene were bridged by last week’s four-day gap in the schedule, the Kings won’t have such luck this weekend, as they’ll open up a three games-in-four-nights stretch Thursday night on Long Island. More on these topics will follow throughout the day.

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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.