Good morning from the final stop of the Los Angeles Kings’ four-game trip that has bridged the gap between the Christmas break and the new year. The Kings, who will take the Scottrade Center ice at 11:30 local time for the morning skate, are looking for their first victory since a 3-2 shootout win over Colorado on December 21.

Though they’ve been missing a few key names, including Alexander Steen, and could be without captain David Backes, who is questionable, the St. Louis Blues won’t by any means be a pushover as Los Angeles will look to salvage a victory from what to this point has been a disappointing jaunt away from Staples Center. They’ll do it against a team they’ve generated a great deal of success against over the last two-plus seasons, having defeated St. Louis in 15 of the teams’ last 18 overall meetings, including five of the last seven games at Scottrade Center. The Blues, meanwhile, are 7-1-2 in their last 10 games and sit four points behind the Chicago Blackhawks with three games in hand.

Updates on St. Louis skaters questionable to play in tonight’s game will come following their morning skate. Brian Elliott will start in goal tonight.

We weren’t spared from the winter storm that descended upon much of the United States yesterday. Though we weren’t affected as much as points north and east, snow started falling shortly after dinner last night, and by the time we woke up this morning, an inch or two covered the downtown area. It’s not bitterly cold or uncomfortable – it’s January; it’s going to be cold – but let’s just say it won’t be awful returning to unseasonably warm Southern California after tonight’s game.

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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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