October 21 practice notes - LA Kings Insider

The alignment from today’s 12:00 p.m. practice at Toyota Sports Center:

White: Gaborik-Kopitar-Brown
Blue: Lucic-Carter-Toffoli
Yellow: Pearson-Shore-Lewis-Weal
Purple: Clifford-Andreoff-Nolan

-Defensive pairs didn’t change from Sunday’s game: McNabb-Doughty, Muzzin-Martinez, Forbort-Ehrhoff. Matt Greene took the ice at 11:30 but was was held out of the thick of practice drills. “He’s doing a lot,” Darryl Sutter said, but isn’t quite game ready. Would the Kings ultimately need an extra defenseman this weekend, they’d be able to call a player from the Ontario Reign, who are in town Friday and Saturday. “It’s easier to answer [a Greene question] before we go on the Edmonton-Winnipeg swing,” Sutter said. A broader Greene update will come in today’s Darryl Sutter quotes.

-After having rotated through Andy Andreoff’s line in recent practices, Jordan Weal skated as an extra on Nick Shore’s line on Wednesday. Sutter also spoke about Weal in today’s media availability; because of the way San Jose matches up down the middle, and because of Andy Andreoff’s line’s recent play – Sutter spoke highly of both – don’t expect a lineup change that gets Weal into Thursday’s game.

-The practice included special teams work in which penalty killers gripped their stick blades and kept the handles close to the ice as well as rush drills and pace-type drills that also contained light battle elements.

-Bauer representatives were on hand and were more than happy to show off an array of new wares…


…which included the Bauer 1S prototype, which according to this report won’t be released until January. Steven Stamkos, according to the representative, has used the 1S (the black/gold sticks in the photo below):


-More to come today, including a story on shooting percentages, some Ontario Reign Insider reports, and Darryl Sutter practice quotes.

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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.