March 31 morning skate notes; Kings Weekly preview - LA Kings Insider

Good morning from El Segundo, where most of the Kings emerged from the dressing room at or shortly after 10:28 a.m. following a video session. Notes!

-Because there wasn’t a full group on the ice, line rushes weren’t particularly illuminating. But based on Nick Shore and Jamie McBain remaining on the ice for extra work with Matt Greene, it does not appear there will be changes to the team’s lineup when the Calgary Flames visit for the second and final time this season (7:30 p.m. / FOX Sports West / KABC 790 / I Heart Radio). Expect Anze Kopitar to center Tanner Pearson and Dustin Brown, Jeff Carter to center Milan Lucic and Tyler Toffoli, Vincent Lecavalier to center Dwight King and Trevor Lewis, and Nic Dowd to center Kyle Clifford and Andy Andreoff. Kris Versteeg could be an option up front as he nears his return from the foot injury sustained when he blocked a shot from Dennis Seidenberg’s two Saturdays ago. Defensive pairs should remain McNabb-Doughty, Muzzin-Martinez and Scuderi-Schenn.

-Jonathan Quick didn’t take the ice this morning, but he’s still the likely starter in net, as Jhonas Enroth wasn’t hasty in leaving the ice and stayed on to work a little bit with Shore, McBain and Greene. As always, wait for the song.

-Calgary lost 8-3 in Anaheim last night – their 23rd consecutive loss at the Honda Center, tying an NHL record for the most consecutive road losses to one opponent – and held a very limited skate at Staples Center this morning. Johnny Gaudreau didn’t play last night but has been day-to-day and could very well play this evening.

-Kings Weekly follows tonight’s game and will feature a look back at the inaugural LA Kings High School Hockey League season. Here are the plays of the year:

Also on Kings Weekly: Ice-level interviews following the championship game at Staples Center two weeks ago, coverage of the league’s award ceremony, and a Bark Madness update.

-More to come later today, including some quotes and sentiments that will keep you in the know in advance of tonight’s game…


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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.