November 23 morning skate notes, photos - LA Kings Insider

Good afternoon from Sunrise, where the locals say we’re experiencing a cold front. It’s 75 degrees outside.

Notes from the morning skate:

-The Kings are on the return end of a three-in-four-slash-four-in-six, and today’s morning skate was optional. Both goalies participated, and Jonathan Quick left the ice first, so he’s expected to start in net for the second consecutive day. Few other lineup hints were revealed, though Jordan Weal remained on the ice for a touch of extra work. Today’s game preview will project Andy Andreoff replacing Weal in the lineup, with the rest of the lineup remaining the same. Keep in mind that Darryl adjusted lines throughout the last two outings. That 70’s Line was reunited midway through Sunday’s game, as was Milan Lucic with Anze Kopitar and Marian Gaborik, and the latter trio combined for a goal, so there’s a chance we could see a bit of a shake-up. Expect to see extra bodies on the ice for warm-ups.

-The topic of discipline and minimizing goals against surfaced less than 24 hours after the Kings were shorthanded six times and allowed four goals in a one-goal defeat at Carolina. “I think it’s pretty clear for us, our goals-against is critical for us, and penalty kill is a big part of that, both taking penalties and killing penalties,” Associate Head Coach John Stevens said. “We put ourselves in situations last night with extended five-on-threes that they capitalized on, and if you’ve got to score five goals to win, you’re probably not going to win. That much we know – we’ve got to be better defensively, we’ve got to stay out of the penalty box, and we’ve got to cut down on our goals against.”

-Al Montoya will start in goal for Florida, while Dave Bolland will be scratched.

-The Panthers will have Aleksander Barkov, who didn’t play in Los Angeles last month, in the lineup. “He’s Kopitar,” Willie Mitchell said of the third-year Finn earlier today. “Watch him out there tonight. What is he, 20? 20 years old. He’s Kopi. He dominates the game through the middle of the ice. He’s so smart for a 20-year-old, and he’s well-coached.”

-More to come from Sunrise later today…




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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.