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“No way. No way. No way.”

If you weren’t watching Game 5, that was Matt Harvey’s reaction to whatever Terry Collins was telling the pitcher during the bottom of the eighth inning in Queens last night. Presumably, it was information that Jeurys Familia would be pitching the ninth inning after Harvey had thrown 102 pitches through eight shutout frames and anchored a 2-0 lead in front of a raucous Citi Field crowd that looked to celebrate the extension of the World Series. Dodger fans remember those manager-starting pitcher interactions with Don Mattingly, Clayton Kershaw and the St. Louis Cardinals as the primary actors. I’ll show myself out.

Harvey walked Lorenzo Cain and allowed a double to Eric Hosmer before he was removed for Familia, who suffered a somewhat unfair blown save as Hosmer scored the game-tying run on a groundout to third base in which first baseman Lucas Duda airmailed a throw home. Kansas City won 7-2 in 12 innings, continuing a fairly solid run in recent years by monarchy-themed sports teams, and presumably leading to some to-be-written #pleaselikemysport think piece about how hockey players would never defy their coaches like Harvey did with Collins. 1) “This isn’t baseball.” 2) Congratulations, Flubber McGee!

Your LA Kings Insider weather report lists a high in Chicago of 70 degress on November 2, and a high in St. Louis of 75 degrees on November 3. That is excellent. Not quite as excellent: there are so many rooftops visible from this north-facing Chicago hotel room, but I’m not sure if I can spot one Munters unit.


Sure, there appear to be a bevy of air conditioning units, but nay, no Munters are visible. Chicago, you have officially been taken down a peg. A full peg. Here’s our fascinating landing video:

Good to see you, Central Standard Time.

It was a beautiful take-off from LAX and approach into MDW that brought our plane south of downtown and over Lake Michigan before it circled back over the city and towards the airport. As for the take-off, we usually don’t fly so directly over central Los Angeles. Several pictures from the left (port?) side of our aircraft are below.

Beverly Hills, Culver City, West Los Angeles and Mid-City:

East Valley, Cahuenga Pass, Hollywood and beyond:

15 minutes from touchdown:

The Kings will be on the ice at 11:30 this morning, though we’ll be on hand at the United Center a touch earlier for the tail end of the Blackhawks’ skate and media availability. Duncan Keith is out after undergoing knee surgery, and Marian Hossa is questionable for tonight’s game. Hello, Artemi Panarin. There’s lots more to come on a busy Monday in the Windy City.


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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.