December 8 morning skate notes; Lewis not on trip (yet) - LA Kings Insider

Quite a few notes in advance of tonight’s game against the Columbus Blue Jackets (4:00 p.m. PT / FOX Sports West / KABC 790 / I Heart Radio):

-Let’s just get it out of the way. No changes were shown during line rushes:

Pearson – Kopitar – Gaborik
Lucic – Carter – Toffoli
Andreoff – Shore – Brown
Clifford – Weal – Nolan

McNabb – Doughty
Muzzin – Martinez
Ehrhoff – McBain

-Jonathan Quick left the ice first and will be expected to start in net against the Blue Jackets. While both Jordan Weal and Derek Forbort remained on the ice for some extra work, Weal is still expected to center Clifford and Nolan tonight. Weal staying on the ice while the Kings have the minimum number of forwards available raised an eyebrow, but when I asked Dean Lombardi whether the team was planning a roster move, he replied, “not yet.” Weal appeared to just get a little bit of extra instruction in advance of tonight’s game, from what I gathered. I’ll have a story on him later this afternoon.

-Speaking of “the minimum number of forwards available,” Trevor Lewis (upper-body) didn’t travel with the team yesterday. While Darryl Sutter indicated after Sunday’s game that Lewis would travel, he didn’t specify when, as he noted after today’s media availability.

The Kings have an extra day before Friday’s game in Pittsburgh, so there’s some wiggle room in being able to recall a player, should the team ultimately decide to do so. Let’s revisit the “is there a roster move coming” question in the coming days.

-Columbus isn’t expecting any changes after one of their more complete games of the season on Saturday, a 4-1 win at Philadelphia. As noted by Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch, a must-follow, Sergei Bobrovsky is 9-4-1 with a 1.71 goals-against average and .943 save percentage since November 1. He’ll get the start tonight; the Dispatch’s Puck-Rakers blog has tonight’s expected Blue Jackets lineup and some interesting takes from the home team on tonight’s game.

-There’s plenty more to come on a busy day in Ohio’s capital city. Darryl Sutter quotes will follow.


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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.