March 3 morning skate notes, Kings to World Cup - LA Kings Insider

A fine Thursday to you, Insiders. Tonight the Kings will face the Montreal Canadiens at Staples Center (7:30 p.m. / FOX Sports West / KABC 790 / I Heart Radio) in the Habs’ only visit to downtown Los Angeles this regular season. On December 17, Jonathan Quick stopped all 45 shots as Drew Doughty, Anze Kopitar and Marian Gaborik scored to lead the Kings to a 3-0 win at Bell Centre.

There were no changes to the lines or pairings from Wednesday’s practice. L.A. lined up thusly:



-Andy Andreoff and Jamie McBain remained on the ice for extra work with Jhonas Enroth, so they’re likely out tonight. Jonathan Quick left the ice first and is expected to draw the start.

-Jordan Nolan didn’t skate. According to Darryl Sutter in an informal chat, the team will know more today about the status of the forward, who last played in St. Louis on February 18.

-Quick is expected to be countered by Kings alum Ben Scrivens. The Professor is 3-5-0 with a 3.00 goals-against average and .901 save percentage. Montreal lost 3-2 in a shootout last night in Anaheim with Mike Condon in goal. The Canadiens aren’t expected to hold a full team skate after last night’s game; I’ll retweet and pass along whatever updates come throughout the day.

Four Kings were named to initial World Cup of Hockey rosters: Jonathan Quick (United States), Anze Kopitar (Europe), Drew Doughty (Canada) and Jeff Carter (Canada). I spoke with Doughty after today’s skate and will have some of his thoughts up later today. Also cool: Head Athletic Trainer Chris Kingsley will represent the United States, while Head Equipment Manager Darren Granger, who won a gold medal with Doughty, Carter and Canada at the Sochi Games, will represent Team Canada. Dean Lombardi is the U.S.’ general manager, while Rob Blake is an assistant general manager with Canada. The top two finishers of Group A (Canada, Czech Republic, United States, Europe) and Group B (Finland, Russia, Sweden, North America) will advance to the semifinals, where on September 24-25 each qualifier will play in a one-game elimination series against a team from the other group, followed by a best-of-three final series that will take place on September 27, September 29, and if necessary, October 1. I’ll have some quick Doughty sentiments on being named to Canada’s team later today; he named Sweden and the United States as the teams he’d be most excited to play against.

-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.