March 21 morning skate notes; Quick second star - LA Kings Insider

Good afternoon and a happy first full day of spring from Nashville, where the Kings have returned to the team hotel after a morning skate. At the skate, they aligned as such:



-Kris Versteeg did not take the ice with the Kings today in Nashville. His injury, as Darryl Sutter said yesterday, is “day-to-day;” Sutter said the team will “get him back on this trip sometime.” That won’t be tonight, as Andy Andreoff is poised to step back into the lineup for the first time since March 5. He has played 59 seconds since February 27, with that usage constituting his first period time on ice prior to a multi-fight situation on March 5 in which he and Kevin Bieksa picked up fighting majors and game misconducts.

IMG_9010-Jonathan Quick was the first goaltender off the ice. He’ll be expected to start in net against Pekka Rinne and the Predators. Quick was named the NHL’s second star of the week for his 3-0-0 / 1.32 / .953 stat line, which included his 41st career shutout in a 5-0 win over the Chicago Blackhawks last Monday that moved him atop the list of all-time shutouts by a United States-born goaltender. Quick ranks second in the NHL with 37 wins on the season. Sidney Crosby was named the league’s first star, while Sean Monahan picked up the bronze.

-The Preds are coming in hot with points in 16 of their last 18 games (11-2-5), so they’re not exactly an ideal first round match-up. But with Los Angeles atop the Pacific Division and Nashville solidifying their hold on the top wild card – they’re six points behind third-place Chicago and five points up on Colorado, which is currently slotted in the second wild card – there’s a decent chance that this could be a first round preview. “Yeah, we know that this is a potential match-up and obviously they do too, so both teams are going to be looking to getting a big W tonight and show the other team how good they really can play,” Drew Doughty said. In his mailbag, Adam Vingan of The Tennessean shares his take on whether it would be better for the Preds to finish in third or fourth place in the Central Division in advance of opening a first round series. A preview: Avoid California.

-This was awesome:

-Darryl Sutter didn’t speak with the media today, so the next story posted will rely heavily on quotes from Doughty and Trevor Lewis. Enjoy your Monday, Insiders; there’s Kings hockey in three of the next four nights. More to come…


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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.