April 15 practice notebook - LA Kings Insider

-Lines rushes and defensive pairings from Tuesday’s practice:

Gaborik – Kopitar – Williams
King – Richards – Carter
Toffoli – Stoll – Brown


-The Kings skated through a practice that exceeded one hour at Toyota Sports Center on Tuesday. It was the team’s first time back on the ice after a Sunday recovery day and off-ice workouts and team meetings on Monday.

“Get everybody back out,” Darryl Sutter said. “That’s what’s important.”

-There was a heavy amount of skating on Tuesday, with players getting up and down the ice frequently.

“It was good,” Dustin Brown said. “Different drills, forecheck, a couple drills we haven’t done. I don’t know if we’ve ever done them, quite honestly.”

After practice and media availability, the team gathered for a video session. With 16 games between the two teams over the last two seasons, are there aspects of the team’s play that can come to light through video? The Kings and Sharks aren’t exactly strangers to each other.

“It’s just reassuring what we probably already know,” Brown said. “How they forecheck, what they do on the forecheck. Their goalie tendencies, stuff like that that can make a difference over the course of a seven-game series. Breaking down where we can exploit them and the flipside of that where we need to be really good at.”

-The Kings will travel to San Jose on Wednesday afternoon before returning to Los Angeles immediately following Game 1. With two days off between Game 1 and Game 2, they’ll return to the Bay Area on Saturday afternoon. It’s similar to the team’s travel plans that were altered by the two-day game between Game 3 and Game 4 in last year’s playoff series.

“We’ve all been through these types of situations before. Having an extra day in between allows us to get home, sleep in our own beds, practice in our own facility,” Brown said. “I don’t think it will have any effect on anybody.”

-San Jose lines and pairings, via Kevin Kurz:

Up front, that’s Hertl-Thornton-Burns, Marleau-Couture-Nieto, Havlat-Pavelski-Wingels and Torres-Desjardins-Brown.

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Jake Muzzin

#6 | 6′ 3″ | 216 lb | Age: 27

Born: Feb 21, 1989
Birthplace: Woodstock, ON, CAN
Position: D
Handedness: Left


Muzzin was drafted in 2007 by the Pittsburgh Penguins, before signing to the Kings in 2010. He has since become the first Woodstock, Ontario professional athlete to win a major sports trophy.

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.

Tyler Toffoli

#73 | 6′ 1″ | 200 lb | Age: 24

Born: April 24, 1992
Birthplace: Scarborough, ON, CAN
Position: C
Handedness: Right


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.

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


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