November 30 practice notes - LA Kings Insider

Good afternoon from El Segundo. The Kings took the ice prior to 10:00 a.m. this morning, and the forwards lined up thusly:

White: Pearson-Kopitar-Gaborik
Blue: Lucic-Carter-Toffoli
Red: Brown-Shore-Lewis
Purple: Clifford-Andreoff/Weal-Nolan

-There were no changes to the defensive pairings; Christian Ehrhoff and Derek Forbort rotated in and and out with Jamie McBain. All active players were accounted for, while Matt Greene did not skate.

-There were several interesting drills that the team took part in after the transition and flow drills concluded. There was a three-on-one drill that originated at the attacking blue line – not in transition – which was used to get players to bolster their goal scoring in practice, which hopefully carries over into games. “It’s designed because we’re past the 23-game mark and we have a number of guys who are stuck on zeroes and ones still,” Darryl Sutter said. There was also a compete element of the drill added when the three-on-ones ultimately evolved into three-on-three drills. Compete elements and some light hitting were also present in earlier rush-type drills. Story to come.

-If you haven’t yet seen In My Own Words: Anze Kopitar, the special will also air after Tuesday’s game. A tease:

-Speaking of tomorrow night’s game, Ryan Miller is projected to start tonight in Anaheim, so the probability that the Kings see Jacob Markstrom rises. It doesn’t matter who the Kings face tomorrow; they’re only 3-4-0 versus the Pacific Division and will be well-served by improving their divisional record in a year in which no team is running away with the dirty banner. That story, as well as Darryl Sutter quotes, will follow shortly. We’re also scheduled to tape a SolarCity week in review that’s likely to go up on Tuesday. There’s plenty to come, Insiders…


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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.