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St. Louis Roulette. It’s the concerned walk down the hallways at the team hotel where we wonder whether we’ve drawn one of the dreaded rooms: the room above the flag where one deals with a cacophonous metal-on-metal sound of grommets scraping against flagpole; the room directly above the ventilation equipment where the desk loudly vibrates; the Bright Lights, Big City room where exterior lights shine inward. Fortunately, everything’s coming up blogger. Never has anyone gazed so starry-eyed upon an I-64 off-ramp.

It’s a touch cooler than expected, but like Monday’s gorgeous day in Chicago, it’s still going to be unseasonably warm in Eastern Missouri. It’s very foggy, though, and when crossing the Mississippi River early this morning, the Gateway Arch wasn’t visible behind a grey shroud of moisture.

We’re only here for 22 hours or so, so there won’t be any sightseeing (not that there usually is on business trips). But in addition to taking the elevator/pod to the top of the arch, I’ve also wanted to visit the remnants of the ancient Cahokia settlement across the river. A massive Native American city some 700 to 1,300 years ago, the grown-over remnants of the city – a UNESCO World Heritage site – contain interesting archaeological evidence that suggest it was the largest city north of what is now Mexico when reaching its population peak around 1,200 AD. Most of what remains can be viewed and experienced by climbing the roughly 100-foot high Monks Mound, which represents the modern-day remains of an earthen pyramid located at what was the center of the ancient city. See you in February, perhaps?

Back to sports! The Kings aren’t expected to hold a full-team skate this morning, but rather conduct meetings and hold off-ice workouts at the Scottrade Center. Vladimir Tarasenko is expected back in the lineup for the Blues, though Kevin Shattenkirk (lower-body), Jaden Schwartz (ankle) and Paul Stastny (foot) will be out of the lineup. Jake Allen is expected to start in goal. More to come on a game-day in St. Louis.

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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.