December 6 morning skate notes - LA Kings Insider

Good morning to you, Insiders, on a quiet morning in El Segundo. The Kings held an optional skate at Toyota Sports Center, and while there were no line rushes, there are still several notes to share that are pertinent to tonight’s game against the Tampa Bay Lightning (7:00 p.m. / FOX Sports West / KABC 790 / I Heart Radio).

-Jonathan Quick appears likely to start for the second consecutive day. He left the ice well before Jhonas Enroth, who remained on for a bit of extra work. Derek Forbort also remained on the ice for a good amount of extra work, so no lineup changes will be projected. Expect to see Pearson-Kopitar-Gaborik, Lucic-Carter-Toffoli, Andreoff-Shore-Brown and Clifford-Weal-Nolan up front with defensive pairs of McNabb-Doughty, Muzzin-Martinez and Ehrhoff-McBain. Trevor Lewis, who suffered an upper-body injury during Friday’s practice and did not skate or play Saturday, did not take the ice.

-Tampa Bay is not skating at Staples Center this morning. Andrei Vasilevskiy was already more likely to get the nod tonight, even before Ben Bishop was injured when a stick blade penetrated his mask and cut him during a 4-3 win in San Jose last night. Fortunately for the Bolts, Bishop should be fine and appears to be capable of backing up tonight, while Vasilevskiy, who stopped seven of eight shots in just over 11 minutes of relief action, will be expected to draw the start. Two of Vasilevskiy’s 22 career appearances have come against Los Angeles; the 21-year-old is 0-1-0 and stopped 44 of 48 shots in those match-ups, both of which occurred last season. The Lightning, who recorded a pair of one-goal wins over the Ducks and Sharks on their three-game California swing, don’t play again until Thursday, so there shouldn’t be a ton of deviation in the minutes Jon Cooper assigns despite the back-to-back that included some travel.

-The team is finishing up meetings in preparation for tonight’s game. There’s a lot more to come on a beautiful Sunday in Southern California…

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Adrian Kempe

#9 | 6′ 2″ | 195 lb | Age: 21

Born: September 13, 1996
Birthplace: Kramfors, SWE
Position: LW
Handedness: Left

Bio

Kempe was selected by the Kings in the first round (29th overall) in the 2014 NHL Draft.
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Alex Iafallo

#19 | 6′ | 185 lb | Age: 23

Born: December 21, 1993
Birthplace: Eden, NY, USA
Position: C
Handedness: Left

Bio

Iafallo was signed by the Kings as an unrestricted free agent on April 18, 2017.
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Anze Kopitar

#11 | 6′ 3″ | 224 lb | Age: 29

Born: August 24, 1987
Birthplace: Jesenice, SVN
Position: C
Handedness: Left

Bio

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.

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Drew Doughty

#8 | 6′ 1″ | 195 lb | Age: 26

Born: December 8, 1989
Birthplace: London, ON, CAN
Position: D
Handedness: Right

Bio

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.

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Jeff Carter

#77 | 6′ 4″ | 215 lb | Age: 31

Born: January 1, 1985
Birthplace: London, ON, CAN
Position: C
Handedness: Right

Bio

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.

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Jonathan Quick

#32 | 6′ 1″ | 218 lb | Age: 30

Born: January 21, 1986
Birthplace: Milford, CT, USA
Position: G
Handedness: Left

Bio

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.

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