Waking up with the Kings: March 30 - LA Kings Insider

By virtue of a 16-shot first period barrage, the Kings helped to transform Ondrej Pavelec from Merciless Goaltending Deity into, well, Ondrej Pavelec. They chased the goaltender who had stopped 92.2% of Los Angeles’ shots through the first two games of the season series and added a valuable insurance marker against Al Montoya in a home win that was accurately representative of the divergent trajectories of the two teams’ seasons. L.A.’s three consecutive home wins have been punctuated by a pair of performances over Florida and Winnipeg that toed the line between highly effective and dominant, and it is clear that the team’s sustained post-Olympic success away from Staples Center has transferred over into their play at home, where they’ll look to build on their 22-13-3 record in advance of the first round of the playoffs, where they won’t have the benefit of home ice advantage. They’ve been a fine road team, though winning all three of their first round home games will go a significant way towards determining whether they’ll advance past San Jose or Anaheim.

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He didn’t see a ton of time in the third period, but Kyle Clifford has put together a fine post-Olympic stretch of play after some of his earlier play this season had been questioned and his name had been raised in trade discussions. He has been working at a higher rate of speed – lots of players were working at a higher rate of speed last night – and has been hard and fast to pucks. After a crisp transitional pass from Jake Muzzin, he chipped the puck deep and won a race into the left corner against Jacob Trouba before dropping it towards the bottom of the left circle for Trevor Lewis, who beat Ondrej Pavelec from a sharp angle to open the scoring.

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Willie Mitchell has put together the quietly unsung performance that had been asked of him after missing a full season and returning to contribute an average of over 20 minutes per game. By posting two assists last night, he has totaled four assists and a plus-five rating over the last five games, and provided immediate tangible results on the fourth Kings goal, which re-established a three-goal lead three minutes and five seconds after Matt Halischuk had brought the Jets within two. Jacob Trouba may have the hardest shot amongst NHL rookie defensemen, and it was Mitchell who went down on one knee to block the shot with his leg, which allowed Tanner Pearson to shuffle a loose puck up to Tyler Toffoli, who scored on a snapshot from the left circle during a contested breakaway in what was likely the most painful assist of Willie Mitchell’s 203-game stint with Los Angeles.

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Adrian Kempe

#9 | 6′ 2″ | 195 lb | Age: 21

Born: September 13, 1996
Birthplace: Kramfors, SWE
Position: LW
Handedness: Left

Bio

Kempe was selected by the Kings in the first round (29th overall) in the 2014 NHL Draft.
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Alex Iafallo

#19 | 6′ | 185 lb | Age: 23

Born: December 21, 1993
Birthplace: Eden, NY, USA
Position: C
Handedness: Left

Bio

Iafallo was signed by the Kings as an unrestricted free agent on April 18, 2017.
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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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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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