March 7 morning skate notes; Versteeg in? - LA Kings Insider

Good morning/afternoon to you from El Segundo, where we’re experiencing partly cloudy skies after heavy rain moved through the area early this morning. Did anyone else get hit by the apocalyptic deluge we experienced in the southern San Fernando Valley at 6:00 a.m.?

-The Kings did not hold a full-team morning skate. Jonathan Quick didn’t skate but is still expected to get the nod tonight against the Canucks. Jhonas Enroth remained on the ice for extra work with Andy Andreoff and Jamie McBain, so they’re likely out of tonight’s lineup.

-Speaking of tonight’s scratches, it doesn’t appear as though Kris Versteeg (upper-body) will be one of them. He acknowledged to me this morning that he felt good today; it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him in tonight’s lineup, possibly to the right of Kyle Clifford and Nick Shore in the spot that Andreoff held at yesterday’s practice. | CLICK HERE FOR YESTERDAY’S LINES

-Matt Greene (shoulder surgery) also skated at the end of practice; he’s not anywhere near a return, as reported last week. This is a long process, though it’s good to see the big guy getting some work and rehabilitation in.

-It’s a Legends Night tonight as Jimmy Carson will be honored before the game. I spoke with Carson last week, and my LAK-dot-com story is right here. It was a great chat; you may be interested in his retelling of the challenges experienced when absorbing the trade to Edmonton as a then-20-year-old, and the endurance of his friendship with Luc Robitaille. The Kings will wear their Forum Blue and gold jerseys for the final time this season.

-As for the Canucks, they’re just wrapping up their morning skate at Toyota Sports Center. Henrik Sedin (upper-body) returned to Vancouver and won’t play. Via Ben Kuzma of the Vancouver Province, they aligned as such: D. Sedin-Vey-Etem, Baertschi-Granlund-Virtanen, Burrows-McCann-Vrbata and Gaunce-Horvat-Dorsett with defensive pairings of Hutton-Sbisa, Hamhuis-Weber and Bartkowski-Biega. Ryan Miller is expected to start in goal.

-Darryl Sutter quotes will follow shortly. Enjoy your Monday, 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.