Waking up with the Kings: October 31 - LA Kings Insider

There was really no special formula that allowed the Penguins to defeat the Kings at the Consol Energy Center on Thursday night. Pittsburgh’s power play entered the game operating at 40.6%, it scored on two of six man advantages, and while the home team wasn’t necessarily controlling the pace of even strength play, they played with a lead for 50:44 and were always in control of a game they eventually won 3-0. Their penalty kill is also in the midst of an impressive run; having killed off all four L.A. chances, it has now killed 22 consecutive penalties over the last six games. Other than the pure skill that allowed Pittsburgh to take the lead on an Evgeni Malkin-to-Chris Kunitz slap/pass and redirect on a five-on-three early in the game, last night’s game wasn’t among the more compelling games of the season from a pure entertainment standpoint. Among the more bizarre moments last night was Jarret Stoll’s minor penalty being rescinded, an incident that caused some cocked eyebrows and head scratching as coaches and players after the game tried to determine when (if ever) they had seen referees admit mistake and take a penalty off the board. More importantly, five of the six Kings penalties that led to power plays came as the result of stick fouls; those are the types of penalties that tend to irk this coaching staff.

PITTSBURGH, PA - OCTOBER 30:  Marc-Andre Fleury #29 of the Pittsburgh Penguins takes a shot in front of Martin Jones #31 and Alec Martinez #27 of the Los Angeles Kings at Consol Energy Center on October 30, 2014 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Joe

Shot attempts will say that the Kings fared well at even strength, though how many quality chances were generated in last night’s loss? The most dangerous L.A. rush took place in the first period on a Pearson-Carter-Toffoli three-on-two that ultimately resulted in Jeff Carter drawing a penalty, though Tyler Toffoli was whistled for an offensive zone hook under a minute later that, combined with a Drew Doughty interference call, resulted in the game’s opening goal. There’s no real reason for alarm here; the team is affected by the absence of three major impact players (and one of the club’s best penalty killers) from the lineup, and at 6-2-2 through 10 games, the Kings have weathered the early injury spike quite well. But there wasn’t a consistent ability on Thursday to drive pucks and bodies to the front of Fleury, who didn’t count a surplus of outstanding saves amongst the 36 stops he made in the shutout. While impacted by injury woes, there’s no consistent production outside of That 70’s Line during early this season. Apart from the 17 goals generated from that group, the Kings goal scorers are Anze Kopitar (2), Mike Richards (1), Justin Williams (1), Dustin Brown (1), and Dwight King (1). While much has been made about the lack of scoring from the team’s defensemen, that’s also partly due to the power play, which is 0-for-9 on the road this season (and 21st overall at 15.2%).

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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.