Good morning, Boston - LA Kings Insider

There’s no time for sightseeing on this quick Boston stop, as the Kings, who landed at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, will face the Bruins at 7:00 tonight before moving on to our nation’s capital, where they’ll remain through Tuesday. This five-city, 11-day trip is the longest trip navigated by the club since a six-city, 11-day trip from February 3-12, 2012. Related: Does anyone watch The Grammys?

It’s a cold, cold, cold morning in Boston, where it’s 12 degrees outside and expected to rise to 18 with heavy winds throughout the day. It’s probably a good thing that last year’s Super Bowl was held in a cold weather East Coast climate and not this year’s, because temperatures have plummeted for the better part of the week. Though Western Massachusetts received the heaviest snowfall earlier this week, there’s still plenty of snow on the ground in Boston, as you’ll see in today’s landing video. But first, the descent!

Descent into Boston

A video posted by Jon Rosen (@rambleonrosen) on

We’ve been using widebody jets on our cross-country trips this year, so it wasn’t a big deal to shoot the descent from over the wing, walk 20 rows back, across a center row of seats, and record the landing from the left side of the aircraft. When we began taxiing, I returned to my aisle above the wing. Take that, FAA!

It’s a game day, and it’s time to start preparing for these clubs’ morning skates. You know the drill: opposing team audio, morning skate notes, Darryl Sutter quotes, stories and previews will take us up to the drop of the puck of the first game of an important five-game road trip against a collection of quality Eastern Conference squads. Stay tuned, Insiders – there’s a lot more coverage headed your way.


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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.