February 20 morning skate notes - LA Kings Insider

Good afternoon from Music City, where the Kings will conclude their seven-game, 13-day road trip at Bridgestone Arena tonight against the Nashville Predators (5:00 p.m. PT / FOX Sports West / KABC 790 / I Heart Radio).

The Kings took the ice at 11:30 a.m. local time and aligned as such:



-Neither Anze Kopitar (lower-body) nor Jordan Nolan (undisclosed) skated, so you shouldn’t expect them to play. The Nolan news was somewhat of a surprise, though I received a confirmation from hockey operations that he was “dinged up” and would be out tonight. It’s nothing that’s considered particularly serious; think of it as a maintenance day.

-Michael Mersch, who has one goal and three points in 15 games, will play his first NHL game since January 11. “It was great to be able to grasp the systems while I was up here, the little things that they do up here, and go and implement them in my game down there,” he said of the adjustments he made between the NHL and AHL levels. “I worked on a few things and tweaked a few things myself, kind of without anyone telling me what to do. You’re kind of teaching yourself a little bit, too.”


-The Predators held an optional morning skate; here’s how they aligned yesterday:

Expect Pekka Rinne to get the nod tonight; he’s 10-6-2 with a 2.87 goals-against average and a .890 save percentage with a shutout in 18 career games against Los Angeles. “Pekka’s an unbelievable goalie, and he’s tough to get by when he’s seeing pucks, so we need to get bodies in front and deflections and whatnot,” Drew Doughty said.

-Quotes and a preview to come. Enjoy your Saturday, 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.