December 2 morning skate quotes: St. Louis - LA Kings Insider

T.J. Oshie, on playing against Los Angeles:
Every game is a big game for us, these guys are no different. They play a tough style of hockey to play against. As long as we stay with our game we have a good chance of winning.

Oshie, on developing a rivalry with the Kings:
Yeah, I think so. It’s always a hard hitting game. There are some emotions, maybe more so on our side because they’re the ones that have been going forward in the playoffs, but I think it is a little bit of a rivalry here building. Like I said, two hard hitting teams it’s always a physical game.

David Backes, on playing against Los Angeles:
This is another team that is a hard team to play against, that’s going to be in the playoffs, it’s won a cup recently and we’ve had to battle against the last couple of years in the playoffs. So we have something to prove and we need to bring our A-game. No matter who we’re playing against I think it’s about us getting better every night. And if we took a step back in San Jose we need to regroup and get back on the horse and keeping a level head and we’re preparing for another hard fought game tonight and getting the two points we feel we can earn.

Ken Hitchcock, on Los Angeles:
I think it’s both teams really pride themselves on checking. I’d be surprised if this wasn’t a low scoring game again, because both teams pride themselves on not giving up much. It’s a hard, winning way to play. I mean this is hard for the forwards to play this way. I’ve said it before, you need four lines. You need the game to be the game and not chasing it half way through, to play this way. I think both teams have really made a living at checking and managing the puck the right way and have won a lot of hockey games because of it.

Hitchcock, on allowing goals in the first period:
I don’t know if it’s preparation or if it’s – I think sometimes we kind of wade into games a little bit. I think we kind of aren’t sure in some games and we don’t dictate the way we’re capable of. Especially the first time we play teams when we’re unsure of what the team is going to bring. Then I think we really dial it up. I think when we are at our best is when the game is either tied or we have an early one-goal lead. Then I think you really see us dial it up. But I would say it’s accurate to say that we have some feeling out process starts and I think that’s why we have been scored on early.

Hitchcock, on tonight’s game:
I think losing four in a row would get our attention. I think that’s what’s happened, is we have lost four in a row, it gets your attention. I don’t think you view it as the playoffs, I think more the fact we’ve lost four in a row. We’ve got to find a way to win in this building and I think the game against San Jose has probably got our attention more than anything. We didn’t play well…in the first half of that game and we want play a good game tonight. Whatever happens we want to play a good game tonight. We want to be much sounder with the puck and much sounder without the puck. We just need to play a complete game and let it fall where it does. But I think losing four in a row certainly gets your attention.

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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.