December 17 morning skate notes - LA Kings Insider

Good afternoon from rainy Montreal, where the temperature has risen as the drops have fallen. The Kings skated at Bell Centre earlier today as the Canadiens skated at their team facility in Brossard. Like Los Angeles, Montreal is one of the few teams in the league that does not hold morning skates at its home rink.

Kings rushes:




-Jeff Carter is “OK,” according to Darryl Sutter. We’ve been through this drill before, Insiders. Carter doesn’t always participate in morning skates. Based on the understanding that a scratched player will often stand in for Carter when he doesn’t take part in morning skates (and that Lewis is still technically on injured reserve), it would appear as though Carter will center Michael Mersch and Tyler Toffoli. Milan Lucic was back up top alongside Anze Kopitar and Marian Gaborik, where he began the year, which dropped Tanner Pearson alongside Nick Shore and Dustin Brown. Derek Forbort appears to be the odd-man out on the back end. We’ll keep tabs on the Kings’ lines during rushes in warm-ups. Jamie McBain will be my pre-game bench interview on FOX Sports West.

-Milan Lucic drew a heavy share of attention before the game, as one would imagine.

I’ll have stories up on Lucic, Lewis, and the team’s trip to Tremblant prior to the game preview.

-As for the Canadiens, Mike Condon is expected to get the nod in net after Dustin Tokarski drew the start against San Jose two nights ago and didn’t make it through the second period. Montreal is expected to line up with Pacioretty-Plekanec-Byron, Eller-Galchenyuk-Andrighetto, Fleischmann-Desharnais-Weise and Carr-Mitchell-Flynn with a defense of Beaulieu-Subban, Emelin-Petry and Markov-Gilbert. Carey Price (lower-body), Brendan Gallagher (hand) and Devante Smith-Pelly (lower-body) are out.

Said defenseman Nathan Beaulieu of Drew Doughty, (via the Canadiens’ website), “He’s probably the best all-around defenseman in the league. He’s very sneaky and he’ll kill you in both zones. They actually have one of the best defensive groups in the league. They do everything so well and they’re mobile. He’s definitely a solid guy, and we’ll have to pay special attention to him tonight.”

-Darryl Sutter quotes will follow. Enjoy your Thursday, 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.