November 6 practice notes - LA Kings Insider

Good afternoon from the Kings’ offices in El Segundo. Tomorrow’s game is an afternoon game against the Florida Panthers (1:00 p.m. / FOX Sports West / KABC 790 / I Heart Radio), so line pairings are particularly worth noting and the #LAKingsGoalieTweetOff applies.

Lines and pairings:

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

McNabb – Doughty
Muzzin – Martinez
Forbort – McBain
Ehrhoff – Greene

-There have been some changes. Stories this afternoon will address them, but one of the central questions revolves around the depth in the defense. Matt Greene, who still hasn’t taken contact, isn’t likely to come off injured reserve tomorrow – “I think today was probably his first game drills, but he still [needs] contact,” said Darryl Sutter, who also acknowledged that “our defense had a tough night last night.” So should we be reading anything into the pairing between Greene, who isn’t likely to play, and Christian Ehrhoff? Sutter said “no,” but keep in mind that he may be trying to send a message. In an applicable situation, Sutter also said that Tanner Pearson “was a game-time decision in St. Louis, and hopefully that woke him up.” So perhaps placing Ehrhoff alongside a player in practice who isn’t expected to be in the Saturday’s lineup may be another one of those “wake-up calls.”

-Jonathan Quick left the ice first and is expected to start in net against the Panthers.

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-Meanwhile, Florida practiced in San Jose and not El Segundo today, so there aren’t any Willie Mitchell updates. :(

-Aleksander Barkov is on injured reserve with an upper-body injury. Rocco Grimaldi, the Rossmoor native who played at the University of North Dakota with Derek Forbort for two seasons and was a regular at the El Segundo conditioning skates this past summer, should be expected to play.

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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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