November 20 morning skate notes - LA Kings Insider

Good afternoon from Detroit, where the Kings will face the Red Wings at Joe Louis Arena tonight at 7:30 p.m. local time (FOX Sports West / KABC 790 / I Heart Radio). Several notes from today’s morning skate:

-Line rushes indicated no changes from the alignment used against the Flyers on Tuesday, though Jhonas Enroth was the first goaltender to leave the ice and is expected to start in net. Expect to see Anze Kopitar center Tanner Pearson and Marian Gaborik, Jeff Carter center Milan Lucic and Tyler Toffoli, Nick Shore center Dustin Brown and Trevor Lewis, and Andy Andreoff center Kyle Clifford and Jordan Nolan. Defensive pairs should remain Brayden McNabb-Drew Doughty, Jake Muzzin-Alec Martinez and Derek Forbort-Jamie McBain, but it’s still possible that we could see Christian Ehrhoff in Forbort’s place. Ehrhoff skated alongside (forward) Jordan Weal as part of an extra defensive pairing, which is an indication that the two are likely to be out of the lineup, but no skaters remained on for a surplus of work. It wouldn’t be a surprise to see all available players take warm-ups and a decision on the lineup be made closer to game time.


-The Red Wings are expected to welcome Brad Richards (back) and Brendan Smith (illness) back to the lineup. Richards hasn’t played since October 21 and is expected to skate opposite Teemu Pulkkinen on Pavel Datsyuk’s line. Henrik Zetterberg is expected to center Justin Abdelkader and Dylan Larkin, Riley Sheahan should center Tomas Tatar and Gustav Nyquist, and Luke Glendening should center Drew Miller and Darren Helm. Petr Mrazek will start in net; Detroit plays in St. Louis Saturday night.

-There will be a heavy contingent of friends and family in the stands this evening. Aside from Martinez, a Rochester Hills, Michigan native, eight active Kings are from Ontario, with a heavy portion of them hailing from cities and towns along the Highway 401 corridor that links Detroit with Toronto. Former Sabres, Islanders and Latvian National Team coach Ted Nolan was on hand in the stands during the morning skate.

-I’ll join NHL Live this afternoon at roughly 2:30 p.m. Pacific Time. After that, I’ll interview Martinez from the bench during warm-ups. More stories to come on a busy day from The D.


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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.