February 18 morning skate notes - LA Kings Insider

Good afternoon from Denver, where the Kings have returned to the team hotel. Lines and notes from today’s morning skate:

Marian Gaborik – Anze Kopitar – Trevor Lewis
Dwight King – Jeff Carter – Tyler Toffoli
Dustin Brown – Jarret Stoll – Justin Williams
Kyle Clifford – Nick Shore – Andy Andreoff – Jordan Nolan

Robyn Regehr – Drew Doughty
Jake Muzzin – Matt Greene
Brayden McNabb – Jamie McBain
Derek Forbort

-If this alignment looks familiar, it’s because it’s the same one shown at the three previous morning skates. Andy Andreoff and Derek Forbort skated as extras and remained on for extra work with Martin Jones, so they’re not expected to play tonight. Jonathan Quick left the ice first and is expected to start in net for the 13th consecutive game.

-Tyler Toffoli said he just needed a “deep breath” after getting struck in the head with what he believed was Nikita Nesterov’s elbow in the 3-2 win over Tampa Bay on Monday. Looking at the replay, that’s elbow/forearm area, and Nesterov is fortunate that he didn’t receive a fine or any form of supplemental discipline, because that’s not really a hockey play. More importantly, Toffoli is fine; I’ll have a story up on him this afternoon.

-Alec Martinez is not on this trip. There are no updates at this time on Martinez, who suffered from “concussion-like symptoms” following a hit from Tampa Bay’s Cedric Paquette in a 4-2 win at Amalie Arena on February 7.

-Darryl Sutter did not make himself available to the media this morning, so no pre-game coach quotes today.

-I’m not sure if you caught the interview this morning, but when Nathan MacKinnon spoke about the three remaining games between the Kings and Avs, he said “I think it’s twice here, one in L.A. I wish it was two in L.A.” It’s not important, just an interesting take on where Los Angeles stands as a road city.

-Nick Shore is a Denver native and grew up an Avalanche fan. He played at Pepsi Center two exhibition seasons ago, but this will be his first real game in front of family and friends in his hometown. Surprise! There will be a Shore story today.

-Speaking of stories, here is my feature on the precautions taken by Kings and other NHL teams to protect themselves from skate cuts. It’s called SKATE AWAY, and there are some interesting revelations from Head Equipment Manager Darren Granger. Give it a read.

-Semyon Varlamov will make his 14th consecutive start in goal for Colorado, while Daniel Briere and Stefan Elliott are expected to be scratched, per Mike Chambers of the Denver Post.


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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.