March 16 morning skate notes - LA Kings Insider

As always, a very good morning to you and yours, Insiders. Before we get down to the nitty gritty, here’s your Daryl Evans update:

-The Kings’ radio color commentator worked at a slightly slower pace with a running partner at yesterday’s L.A. Marathon, completing the 26.2 mile journey in just under five and a half hours. He has skated already this morning and plans on going for another run later this afternoon. Daryl’s weekend plan of attack? He ate a full cheese pizza after Saturday’s Kings game, fell asleep at around 12:30 a.m., woke up at around 4:00, ate a banana, drank a bottle of water, and hit the ground running, literally. In case you’ve forgotten, Daryl doesn’t sleep.

Lines at today’s morning skate:

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

Regehr – Doughty
Muzzin – Greene
McNabb – Sekera
Martinez – McBain


-Jonathan Quick left the ice first and is expected to start tonight against Arizona. The Kings will factor into a completely different standings battle tonight: The Connor McDavid Sweepstakes. Calgary, Winnipeg, Minnesota, San Jose and Vancouver are off, though Arizona, Buffalo, Toronto and Edmonton all play. The Coyotes are 1-13-1 in their last 15 games; their two wins over the last 18 games have come in shootouts.

-The forward lines have been tweaked. “We’ve got guys who haven’t scored in 10 or 11 or 12 or 13 or 14 or 15 games, whatever it is, and some of them have had zero scoring opportunities for the last five as individuals,” Darryl Sutter said. “We’ll leave Jeff and Tyler together and leave Kopi and Gabby together and let everybody else see where they can play.”

-Jarret Stoll did not take the ice, and there is no further update on his status, other than that he continues to be monitored by the club. Alec Martinez was partnered with Jamie McBain at the morning skate but isn’t expected to play tonight, while Tanner Pearson joined the group late into the session as he continues to skate every other day. McBain and Stoll are expected to be scratched tonight, while Martinez and Pearson remain on injured reserve.

-Players were happy to see that former King and longtime Machester Monarch Andrew Campbell has been given a wide opportunity with the Coyotes. Several current players were at his wedding last summer. Campbell has hit the 21-minute mark in each of the last three games.

-For the Coyotes, forward Mikkel Boedker (splenectomy) and center Martin Hanzal (back surgery) are out for the season.

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.