Waking up with the Kings: November 26 - LA Kings Insider

The Kings finished their road trip with a quality performance in a 2-1 shootout defeat to the Tampa Bay Lightning that took on intensified urgency for the early season and featured high-level play between two teams that have been successful defensively over the first two months. The Lightning got sticks and bodies in front of Kings chances, preventing a surplus of clean looks at Ben Bishop, who was excellent in denying high-grade looks from Nick Shore, Tyler Toffoli and Anze Kopitar before Milan Lucic scored a big goal that earned the Kings a point on a night they very nearly earned none despite an impressive outing. Interestingly, two of Los Angeles’ best efforts on the trip were in Detroit and Tampa – a regulation loss and a shootout loss – and all five of the games, maybe except for the Florida game, could have gone either way with a few different bounces. After mistakes were made against the Hurricanes, the Kings played winning hockey over the final two games of the trip.

Los Angeles Kings v Tampa Bay Lightning

Drew Doughty and Anze Kopitar played some of their best hockey of the season Tuesday night. Kopitar was on the shooting end of about three Grade-A chances: one sailed high from the slot, one was rebuffed by Bishop on a three-on-two rush, and on one Bishop used the patented Kopitar stick check to deny a one-on-one attempt in overtime. He was among the best players on the ice in his nearly 25 minutes of work. Enjoy the rest today, Anze. Doughty was also at the level we’ve seen pretty frequently from him through the first 20 games of the season. He made Ryan Callahan look like one of the bad guys in a kung-fu movie, causing Callahan to run into the glass as he spun around his forecheck in the first period before leading a well-read breakout by making all sorts of little plays to advance the puck up-ice. The entire defense played a confident game.

Los Angeles Kings v Tampa Bay Lightning

Happy Thanksgiving, Insiders! I’m always thankful that we can continue this year-round conversation through good days and road apples days while sharing a bond and a sense of humor that may, well, seem a little peculiar to some. Thank you as always for reading, and have a wonderful day with your friends and loved ones, and if you’re traveling this weekend, share any and all Munters pics. Let’s talk Friday, Insiders.

Los Angeles Kings v Tampa Bay Lightning

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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.