March 9 morning skate notes - LA Kings Insider

A happy and fulfilling Wednesday morning to you, Insiders. Jonathan Quick took the ice at 9:46 a.m. and had the entire sheet to himself, as you can see above.

When he was joined by his teammates several moments later, the team aligned as so:



-Quick left the ice first at the morning skate and is expected to start against the Capitals, who have opened up a four-game road trip with 2-1 wins (the first in overtime, the second in a shootout) over the Bruins and Ducks. They’ll face the Sharks in San Jose on Saturday.

-Andy Andreoff and Jamie McBain remained on the ice for extra work with Jhonas Enroth, so they’re likely out of the lineup tonight.

-We spoke with Rob Scuderi, and I’ll have a story up on the defenseman’s re-acclimation to the Kings. After Jeff Carter’s recent 300-goal milestone, Scuderi is now honing in on 100 career assists after logging a pair of assists in his first five games with Los Angeles. Could he reach that barrier tonight with a two-assist effort? “Well, I wouldn’t hold your breath,” he answered. I’ll also have a story up in the coming days about players reaching milestones and teammates making sure that the puck is collected (as we saw from Anze Kopitar’s retrieval of Jeff Carter’s 300-goal puck two nights ago).

-As for Washington, here are some reads from Isabelle Khurshudyan of the Washington Post: Justin Williams, Mike Richards return to Staples Center, Capitals’ latest fourth line is tops with Coach Barry Trotz and Alex Ovechkin hangs with Kobe Bryant and Novak Djokovic.

When we were in Arlington, Va. at a Capitals practice last month, here’s what Williams had to say about his return trip to Staples Center: “I say it’ll be emotional, and I know it will be. Even talking about it right now kind of hits me a little bit knowing that the best years of my career were there. I don’t know. I guess I’m just going to enjoy it, and obviously I want to win, and I can’t put to emphasis on it, but at the same time I’m extremely excited to do it, and I have it circled on my calendar, for sure.”

The Caps’ morning skate is about to start at Staples Center, and Reign Insider Lindsay Czarnecki is already on site to report in advance of what should be a highly charged, emotional game between the two Stanley Cup contenders. More to come from Lindsay and me throughout the day, including some Darryl Sutter quotes in a few minutes. Enjoy your day, Insiders.

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.