February 23 morning skate notes; Kopitar in? - LA Kings Insider

Good morning from El Segundo, Kings fans. The Calgary Flames are in town for their first of two Staples Center affairs and for the second game of the four-game season series. Los Angeles won 4-1 in Calgary on New Year’s Eve in the teams’ only prior meeting.

So, Anze Kopitar could be back in tonight. The Kings aligned as such this morning:



-Jonathan Quick left the ice first. Expect him to start in net against the Flames.

-Jordan Nolan (undisclosed) and Kevin Gravel remained on the ice for extra work with Jhonas Enroth, so Nolan will probably need another day or two, and Gravel is probably out as well. Because Michael Mersch exited the ice much earlier, it’s possible that he could take warm-ups and play if another forward is unable to go. That could be insurance for Anze Kopitar, who skated alongside Milan Lucic and Dustin Brown and appears to be a safe bet to return to the lineup after a one-game absence.

-The Kings will wear their Forum Blue and gold jerseys tonight as they honor Mike Donnelly on the second of three Legends Nights games this season. Darryl Sutter spoke about Legends Nights this morning, and I’ll have his quotes up shortly. If you missed my story on Donnelly, it’s right here.

-As for the Flames, Joni Ortio will start in goal, and Kris Russell isn’t expected to play, according to Roger Millions. Calgary is also without Dennis Wideman, who is serving a 20-game suspension (with a third-party arbitrator hearing an appeal on Thursday) for contact made with linesman Don Henderson on January 27. The Flames have lost four of their last five games.

-More to come throughout the day, 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.