-Though it took the Kings perhaps a period and a half to develop their legs, last night’s 3-0 victory over the New York Islanders was another example of the way the team uses composure, patience and quality goaltending to churn out wins in roughly 63% of their games. Martin Jones made key saves in the first period – including one on a Travis Hamonic slapshot from the top of the right circle after a slick drop pass by John Tavares – affording the team enough time to eventually take advantage of the limited chances they generated through the first 35 minutes. Until Alec Martinez fed Anze Kopitar with a tape-to-tape stretch pass that caught the center in stride while breaking into the New York end, the Islanders had won a good share of the puck battles and were effective in forcing the Kings to dump the puck in at the blue line. There was always composure and patience in Los Angeles’ game, but once they were able to establish a lead, they worked with a much heavier share of offensive zone time than they had in earlier stretches of the game.

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-John Tavares was held without a point in back-to-back games for the first time this season, and in the two games against Los Angeles he finished with one assist and a minus-two rating. Looking to avoid putting Tavares in situations in which he is most comfortable, the Islanders still earned eight power plays against the Kings in the two games, with Tavares spending a total of 11:23 on the man advantage. He did not generate one power play point. One of the lasting and representative images of the Kings becoming more comfortable in Saturday’s game as it progressed was Linden Vey showing patience and poise with the puck in the offensive zone and eventually drawing a hooking penalty on Tavares late in the second period. Though L.A. didn’t score on the ensuing power play – they’re now scoreless in their last 33 attempts – it helped to stack the momentum back in the team’s favor. In the two games against the Kings, Casey Cizikas was the most effective New York forward, and that’s a good thing. That’s not at all a knock on the hustling forechecker in Cizikas, but more of an indication that Los Angeles was effective in limiting New York’s top players in Tavares, Okposo, Nielsen and Vanek. Those four players combined for one point against the Kings in two games.

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-So, Ben Scrivens led the team onto the ice for warm-ups, and Martin Jones received the start. This came following a morning skate in which Jones and Scrivens left the ice at roughly the same time and the team didn’t take any line rushes, which could indicate that last night’s episode was likely an instance of Darryl Sutter not wanting to tip his hand on the team’s lineup rather than any minor, nagging injury on Scrivens’ part. He didn’t explain his decision after the game, nor was he required to. More to come on the team’s goaltending following today’s practice…

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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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