February 27 morning skate notes, podcast - LA Kings Insider

Good morning from Toyota Sports Center on a day the Kings will be hosting the Sabres in the visitors’ only Staples Center appearance this season (8:00 p.m. / FOX Sports West / KABC 790 / I Heart Radio). The reason for the 8:00 p.m. start time is this:

-The Kings took the ice shortly before 10:00 a.m. and aligned as such:



-Jhonas Enroth left the ice first and is expected to draw the start against his former team. He stopped 28-of-30 shots in a strong performance at the First Niagara Center that resulted in a 2-1 overtime loss to the Sabres on December 12.

-Though Brayden McNabb and Jamie McBain took the first rotation together during line rushes, Rob Scuderi came off the ice first, while McBain and Michael Mersch remained on the ice for a little bit of extra work with Jonathan Quick. We’ll wait to see if Darryl Sutter reveals any lineup hints, but it’s definitely possible that Scuderi returns to the lineup tonight. Expect to see an extra body or two in warm-ups.

-Speaking of Scuderi, he called himself “definitely the happiest guy in Cleveland” – he was on a road trip there with AHL-Rockford – when he learned that the trade between Los Angeles and Chicago was nearing completion. “I think here, the coaching staff knows exactly what they’re going to get game-to-game,” he said. “It doesn’t mean you can’t try to make adjustments or get better in certain areas, but for the most part they know what they can expect from me and where I’m going to deliver.” Story to come, obviously.

-The Sabres won 3-1 in San Jose last night, continuing their one-sided dominance of their series against the Sharks. (San Jose did win in Buffalo earlier this season, though.) Though Chad Johnson earned the win last night, expect to see big Robin Lehner in goal. The 6-foot-4 Swede has been excellent this season since returning from an early season injury and has allowed either no goals or one goal in four of his last five starts. Buffalo is holding an optional morning skate at 11:30 a.m. at Staples Center, for what it’s worth.

-PODCAST! Jesse Cohen and I talk about the Scuderi trade and turn our attention to a Kings trade for a forward that has been coming together but was held up temporarily last night. (Darren Dreger noted this morning that both Teddy Purcell AND Justin Schultz would be included in the hypothetical trade with Edmonton, though I’ve only heard Purcell’s name mentioned by Kings management to this point.)

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Jake Muzzin

#6 | 6′ 3″ | 216 lb | Age: 27

Born: Feb 21, 1989
Birthplace: Woodstock, ON, CAN
Position: D
Handedness: Left


Muzzin was drafted in 2007 by the Pittsburgh Penguins, before signing to the Kings in 2010. He has since become the first Woodstock, Ontario professional athlete to win a major sports trophy.

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.

Tyler Toffoli

#73 | 6′ 1″ | 200 lb | Age: 24

Born: April 24, 1992
Birthplace: Scarborough, ON, CAN
Position: C
Handedness: Right


Toffoli is a Canadian professional ice hockey forward, drafted by the Kings in the second round of the 2010 Draft. Toffoli scored his first career NHL goal in his second game in a 4–0 victory over the Phoenix Coyotes in 2013. He was also named the 2012–13 AHL All-Rookie Team.

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.