Waking up with the Kings: January 28 - LA Kings Insider

Some flash analysis of Wednesday’s 4-3 loss to Colorado:

Wednesday night’s loss was one that while uncharacteristic, still happens from time to time. Surrendering a lead in defeat was more common of a practice last season than it has been this season, and the base of such a defeat was centered around the team’ inability to maintain its attacking style of play from the first period. While undesirable, this is understandable – very rarely in this league do teams step on another team for a full 60 minutes – and credit should be given to a Colorado team that is improved from last season’s club, even if they’re still the most woeful possession team in the league. But Los Angeles played with fire by allowing the visitors ample opportunity to get a positive result out of the game by ceding six power plays, and when that type of opportunity is provided to players such as Gabriel Landeskog, Matt Duchene, Nathan MacKinnon, Tyson Barrie, et al, good players will ultimately take advantage. Surrendering a two-goal lead in seven minutes and 10 seconds of second period play also played a key role in the inability to head into the break with wins in back-to-back games. On the positive side, if the Kings were to make a habit out of out-attempting their opponents 72-37 (which won’t happen), they’d probably win 80% of their games.


The bigger picture: Los Angeles was better in January than any January since the 2009-10 season. Their 6-5-1 record, while not a pace that elicits a playoff berth if sustained over a full season, was still better than the results from recent trips into their New Year doldrums (see: 3-4-4 in 2014-15, 5-8-2 in 2013-14, 2-2-2 in 2012-13, 5-2-4 in 2011-12 and 5-8-0 in 2010-11). I spoke with a player on the team about this earlier this week, and he was aware that this time of the year is not when the team has traditionally played its best hockey. Whether that’s a minor statistical anomaly or a result of playing deeper into the playoffs and maintaining a hard and heavy style of play for 82 games isn’t clear.

Colorado Avalanche v Los Angeles Kings

That’s it for the Kings coverage for the next several days. Lindsay Czarnecki, who did a great job filling in on the blog last night, will continue her excellent Reign coverage, so make sure to flip the switch and check out Reign Insider for the most timely and accountable updates on the club’s top prospects. I’ll have some sporadic All-Star Game coverage, with Saturday’s Gary Bettman press conference serving as a moment in which there should be some interesting and breaking news. But until (and after) then, enjoy the breather in the middle of the season, and let’s reconnect in Arizona on February 2. Thank you, as always, for reading, Insiders.

Colorado Avalanche v Los Angeles Kings

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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.