January 21 morning skate notes - LA Kings Insider

Good afternoon from San Jose, where cages are still good things.


Gaborik – Kopitar – Brown
King – Shore – Carter
Lewis – Stoll – Williams
Clifford – Andreoff – Richards – Nolan

-I was more preoccupied with following the forwards, so I didn’t catch the defensive pairings, though no changes are expected after Monday’s game. Expect the Muzzin-Doughty, Regehr-Martinez and McNabb-Greene pairings to remain intact. Jamie McBain and Andy Andreoff remained on the ice for extra work with J.F. Berube, so expect Quick to start and Andreoff to be the odd man out on Mike Richards’ line. The notable change: Dustin Brown is back up with Marian Gaborik and Anze Kopitar, meaning Justin Williams drops to Jarret Stoll’s line and flips Trevor Lewis over to the left side. Versatility!

-Jeff Schultz was not on the ice with the team as he’ll be heading back to Manchester on a loan, barring any last minute injuries. It’s not official yet, but expect that press release to drop pretty soon. Had he taken the ice with the team, it would have counted as a day of service, setting him over the top of the 30-day threshold in which a Manchester assignment would have required him to clear waivers. As it stands, Schultz will return to Manchester with nine games and 29 days of service under his belt.

-There will be some interesting Darryl Sutter comments later today that reference analytics and whether the Kings have been unlucky as of late. When we weren’t talking hockey, Darryl made sure to notify the press corps that the Kings, unlike their football counterparts, have not deflated their pucks. That joke actually led to a five minute discussion over whether pucks could be kept out of the refrigerator at ice level, and whether there is actually an off-ice official to make sure that pucks are properly frozen before they’re used in a game. This all took place while recorders were off, so you’ll have to take my word that there was a reference to baseballs being made in Haiti as an example that in some years, the ball really seems to be flying off the bat.

-As always, thank you for reading. There’s lots more to come.

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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


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.