November 28 morning skate notes; two Stevens quotes - LA Kings Insider

Good morning from Toyota Sports Center, where the Kings took part in a quick morning skate. The nuts and bolts: Both Darryl Sutter and Jeff Carter took the option, Jonathan Quick left the ice first, and Jordan Weal and Derek Forbort remained on the ice for extra work.

With that said, expect the Kings to line up as such:




-The Blackhawks’ morning skate at Staples Center was optional:

It’s Chicago’s final stop on their annual “Circus Trip;” they’re 3-1-1 thus far. Corey Crawford backstopped the Blackhawks to a come-from-behind win over the Ducks yesterday afternoon, so there’s a raised probability Scott Darling starts in net tonight. Wait for the song. UPDATE: It’s Darling.

-I’ll have stories on how to contain Patrick Kane tonight (as if there’s any effective blueprint). Alec Martinez and Trevor Lewis shared some interesting takes on game-planning for a player who has points in a career-best 18 consecutive games. Kane is tied with Eddie Olczyk and Phil Kessel for the longest point streak by an American-born player.

-Eight different games extended past regulation yesterday, with three games being decided in a shootout. Now that the season is seven weeks old (and teams had an extra three weeks to prepare for three-on-three overtime in the preseason), the dynamic of New Overtime has shifted, and high quality chances have been reduced. I’ll have several interesting takes from John Stevens and Dustin Brown on the subject later today.

-More from John Stevens:

On whether Drew Doughty’s minutes will go back up against Chicago:
I’m not sure they can go up much more. Drew’s been really good. I think the big thing with Drew is shift length. You want to be able to move him around a little bit. Chicago does that a lot with their guys, and Drew’s done a really good job with that lately where his shift length’s come down a little bit. Even though his minutes are up, I don’t think they’re as taxing of minutes. If he hits six less shifts, if it helps his shift length by five seconds instead of six more shifts, it’s a big difference in the game. Drew’s always going to be a key player in a game like this. I think we’re going to expect those kind of minutes. I think he plays best when he’s somewhere in the mid-20’s, but with the way they have their lines spread out there, we expect him to be counted on like he usually is.

On the importance of secondary scoring:
Well, obviously it’s important. It’s helpful. We’re a team that prides ourselves on great defense and not giving up much, so that’s certainly what we focus on and how we’re built, but anytime you get some production of what you’d call secondary scoring, we went on the road there in Florida, and that was the one game probably all year where we got a goal from every line. I know the Shore goal was disallowed, but if you get a goal from every line, that’s something that’s really going to enhance your chances of winning when that situation occurs. [Reporter: Does that make it easier for the top producing line, that if they have an off-night that they know that someone’s picking them up that has their back?] Well, I think that’s how you win. I mean, some nights it’s going to be your defense that’s going to contribute. Some night your power play’s going to score a big goal. I think the one good thing about our team is that we don’t sit around and wait for our power play, because some games we won’t get any, like the other night. You’ve got to be able to win in different ways. That’s why we pride ourselves on defense. But some nights it’s going to be your defense, some nights the Carter line’s going to have a big night, sometimes you’re going to chip in and get a little contribution from everybody. I think that’s why it’s important to play good, solid defense. Over the course of time you’re going to need help from all corners of your offense.

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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.