April 13 practice notes - LA Kings Insider

Good morning from one of the bunkers at Toyota Sports Center where Darryl Sutter is about to meet with the gathered media. Speaking of which, there have been a few new additions as Pierre LeBrun of ESPN.com has commuted to California to cover the Kings-Sharks series, as has NHL.com’s Shawn P. Roarke. There should be no shortage of excellent coverage from the local and national media.

-The Kings opened their practice with rushes and aligned as such:

Lucic-Kopitar-Pearson
Brown-Carter-Toffoli
King-Clifford-Lecavalier-Versteeg
Gaborik-Andreoff-Shore-Lewis

McNabb-Doughty
Muzzin-Schenn
Scuderi-Martinez
McBain-Greene

-There was a touch of movement in the team’s alignment as Alec Martinez jumped up into a partnership with Rob Scuderi after having skated in an extra pairing alongside Matt Greene yesterday. This may very well mean nothing; Martinez, who missed the final week of the season with an undisclosed injury, is among those who may or may not be ready at the outset of this best-of-seven series. Though Marian Gaborik took the first loop up and down the ice with Andy Andreoff and Trevor Lewis, that’s no firm indication that he will draw into Thursday’s game. We’ll have a better sense of who should be and who may not be ready for Game 1 when the team skates Thursday morning at Staples Center.

-Yes, that’s correct. Staples Center. For those who may have forgotten, the team holds morning skates on game days downtown during the playoffs.

-As for the work undertaken at today’s practice, there were rush and flow-type transition drills followed by drills that featured in-zone battle components. That was followed by special teams work, and as players left the ice, individual skill retention-type drills. In other words: A normal practice was experienced by all.

-From San Jose: Jones learned lesson from Kings’ 2014 comeback on Sharks (CSN Bay Area), Sharks’ Thornton credits learning new system for his resurgence (CSN Bay Area), Sharks-Kings playoff series preview (San Jose Mercury News), San Jose Sharks prefer not to look back on playoff collapse against Los Angeles Kings (San Jose Mercury News), Previewing defense, offense, goaltending and special teams (Fear the Fin).

-There’s lots more to come today. I’m still sifting through the 30 minutes or so of Dean Lombardi from yesterday and will post a few more of his sentiments. I also have a Kopitar-Thornton story and a Lewis-King-unsung-playoff-performances story that I’m looking to get out today, so there should be a regular afternoon on LAKI. Stay tuned, 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

Bio

Kempe was selected by the Kings in the first round (29th overall) in the 2014 NHL Draft.
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Alex Iafallo

#19 | 6′ | 185 lb | Age: 23

Born: December 21, 1993
Birthplace: Eden, NY, USA
Position: C
Handedness: Left

Bio

Iafallo was signed by the Kings as an unrestricted free agent on April 18, 2017.
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Anze Kopitar

#11 | 6′ 3″ | 224 lb | Age: 29

Born: August 24, 1987
Birthplace: Jesenice, SVN
Position: C
Handedness: Left

Bio

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.

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Drew Doughty

#8 | 6′ 1″ | 195 lb | Age: 26

Born: December 8, 1989
Birthplace: London, ON, CAN
Position: D
Handedness: Right

Bio

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.

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Jeff Carter

#77 | 6′ 4″ | 215 lb | Age: 31

Born: January 1, 1985
Birthplace: London, ON, CAN
Position: C
Handedness: Right

Bio

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.

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Jonathan Quick

#32 | 6′ 1″ | 218 lb | Age: 30

Born: January 21, 1986
Birthplace: Milford, CT, USA
Position: G
Handedness: Left

Bio

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.

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