October 25 morning skate notes - LA Kings Insider

Good afternoon, Insiders. The Kings skated at Rexall Place this morning, and lined up thusly:

Gaborik-Kopitar-Brown
Lucic-Carter-Toffoli
Pearson-Shore-Lewis
Clifford-Andreoff-Nolan
Weal

McNabb-Doughty
Muzzin-Martinez
Ehrhoff-McBain
Forbort

-Jonathan Quick was the first goaltender off the ice and will be expected to start against Edmonton. Jordan Weal and Derek Forbort skated as extras in rushes and aren’t expected to be in tonight’s lineup. Tanner Pearson had taken a rush or two alongside Anze Kopitar and Dustin Brown, but original rushes indicated there will be no alignment changes from the previous two games.

-Expect the Oilers to ice a lineup of Hall-Nugent-Hopkins-Klinkhammer, Pouliot-McDavid-Yakupov, Korpikoski-Lander-Purcell and Gadzic-Letestu-Pakarinen up front, and a back end of Klefbom-Schultz, Sekera-Fayne and Davidson-Gryba. Cam Talbot is expected to start in goal. Brandon Davidson, who was a teammate of Jordan Weal’s with WHL-Regina, overcame a diagnosis of testicular cancer early in his professional career. Keep his important battle in your mind during the Hockey Fights Cancer events across the NHL. Edmonton hosted its Hockey Fights Cancer night on Friday, as did Los Angeles.

-To follow: Darryl Sutter quotes, a story about the Kings looking to generate production from their depth scorers, and a game preview. Sutter had a sharp and entertaining observation when I asked him how he’s looking to “cultivate” production from the Shore and Andreoff lines. There’s lots more to come in the lead-up to the Kings’ second-to-last game at Rexall Place (barring, of course, a playoff match-up).

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Adrian Kempe

#9 | 6′ 2″ | 195 lb | Age: 21

Born: September 13, 1996
Birthplace: Kramfors, SWE
Position: LW
Handedness: Left

Bio

Kempe was selected by the Kings in the first round (29th overall) in the 2014 NHL Draft.
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Alex Iafallo

#19 | 6′ | 185 lb | Age: 23

Born: December 21, 1993
Birthplace: Eden, NY, USA
Position: C
Handedness: Left

Bio

Iafallo was signed by the Kings as an unrestricted free agent on April 18, 2017.
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Anze Kopitar

#11 | 6′ 3″ | 224 lb | Age: 29

Born: August 24, 1987
Birthplace: Jesenice, SVN
Position: C
Handedness: Left

Bio

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.

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Drew Doughty

#8 | 6′ 1″ | 195 lb | Age: 26

Born: December 8, 1989
Birthplace: London, ON, CAN
Position: D
Handedness: Right

Bio

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.

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Jeff Carter

#77 | 6′ 4″ | 215 lb | Age: 31

Born: January 1, 1985
Birthplace: London, ON, CAN
Position: C
Handedness: Right

Bio

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.

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Jonathan Quick

#32 | 6′ 1″ | 218 lb | Age: 30

Born: January 21, 1986
Birthplace: Milford, CT, USA
Position: G
Handedness: Left

Bio

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.

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