The View from Edmonton - LA Kings Insider


Joanne Ireland: High-flying Kings pour it on against Oilers

The Kings outshot the Oilers 50-27, the 12th time this season Edmonton has surrendered 40 or more shots.

It was also the 12th straight game the Oilers have been unable to generate more shots than their opponent, but it wasn’t the most shots they have allowed this season. The high was 59 shots in a 3-0 win over the San Jose Sharks on Jan. 20, when Scrivens was just unbeatable.

Jim Matheson: Same stage, different locale, as goalie Ben Scrivens prepares to take on old team

LA did Scrivens a King-sized favour dealing him to the Oilers. He’d be caddying for one of the world’s top two or three goalies Jonathan Quick as rookie Martin Jones is now, if LA GM Dean Lombardi hadn’t sent Scrivens to the Oilers Jan. 15 for a third-round draft pick.

He has already scored a two-year, $4.6-million contract.

“I’m playing for a new team and I’m still in the NHL and life is good,” Scrivens said


Robert Tychkowski: Edmonton Oilers held off by the Los Angeles Kings

You’d think that after all that Scrivens has done for the Oilers they might have provided a little more support in his first game against his old team. Instead, the Oilers were trailing 23-9 on the shot clock when the Kings made it 4-1.

“I’m not going to throw my teammates under the bus,” said Scrivens, who’s faced an average of 39.5 shots over his last seven starts here.

“We had no quit right up to the last buzzer. They’re a team that generates a lot of shots they throw a lot of pucks and drive the net. I was proud of the way we competed.”

Robert Tychkowski: Edmonton Oilers desperate for a strong defencemen

“I think every team that has a defenceman who plays 20-plus minutes and is a possession guy, that’s comforting,” said Kings coach Darryl Sutter. “The best teams in the league have one, two or four of those,”

And others have none.

Oilers head coach Dallas Eakins dreams of a day he can look down the bench one day and see a guy like Doughty.

“Everything,” said Eakins, when asked what a player like doughty brings to a team. “He’s great when he has the puck, he can control the pace of the game by himself. He’s a danger when he doesn’t have the puck because he has the ability to step up and really lay into somebody if they’re not paying attention. I think he’s the real driving force behind their team.”


Jonathan Willis: That’s… not a good sign

They’re winning games now, but that’s only because Ben Scrivens is playing like Dominik Hasek. That can’t last; it’s good that he’s capable of it but it’s not enough to keep the team winning. And despite the wins, that chart is a decent argument that things are getting worse. Or, you know, the 50 shots Edmonton allowed against Los Angeles.

That strong goalie play is masking extremely serious problems, or at least generally it’s doing so. Sometimes, as with Sunday’s game, even incredible goalie performances aren’t enough because the team in front of that goaltender is being lit up like a Christmas tree by competent opposition.

Jason Gregor: PACE IN PRACTICE..

I watched last night’s game from the lower bowl and the size difference of the Oilers and Kings was even more obvious. If you don’t believe the Oilers need more size in their top-six now, then I’m not sure what games you’ve been watching. I thought the Oilers overall effort was fine, they just aren’t as big, mature and experienced as the Kings. The Kings could manhandle the Oilers when they wanted to, and until this team matures and adds some skilled size I don’t see that changing.

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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.