April 14 morning skate notes; SolarCity preview - LA Kings Insider

Good morning from Staples Center, where the Kings have skated, met with the media, and held a Darryl Sutter press conference. At the moment, the San Jose Sharks are currently skating, and more reports will come following their practice. A few notes: Tonight’s game will be broadcast regionally on FOX Sports West and nationally on CNBC, and in Canada on CBC and TVA Sports. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:45 p.m. The referees are Brad Meier and Kevin Pollock, with Mike Leggo serving as a standby, and the linesmen are Brad Kovachik and Ryan Galloway. The national anthem will be sung by Laporsha Renae; I’m told that Pia Toscano will return on Saturday.

The Kings emerged from their tunnel shortly before 10:30 a.m. and aligned as such:

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

-Obviously, Jonathan Quick left the ice first and is projected to start.

IMG_9302-As for the lines and pairings, they’re more or less what we expected after yesterday’s practice. Alec Martinez took the first rotation alongside Rob Scuderi but also took several rushes alongside Jake Muzzin, so there’s the chance, based on game situations, that he could jump up alongside his more familiar defensive partner should there be a desire or need. Marian Gaborik skated with the team but did not take part in initial rushes and remained on for extra work with Nick Shore, Jamie McBain, Matt Greene and Jhonas Enroth. That’s likely your non-game group right there, with Enroth serving as a back-up.

-I’ll have a notebook coming up in a little bit that will look at the Kings’ role players, amongst other topics, but here’s Dustin Brown talking about why Trevor Lewis is constantly viewed as an unsung hero for this Los Angeles team: “I think a lot of it just comes from his attitude, really. It’s not necessarily anything anybody else will see except for the guys in this room, really. He gets asked to do a lot of different things whether it’s PK or fourth line or first line. He can kind of fit in anywhere and give a jump start or fill a hole when we need it. In saying that ‘utility-type player,’ it’s just his attitude that he brings to it. You never see him sulking or complaining. He just kind of goes about his business and tries to help the team. Again, it’s probably something more in the room where he’s always there for you.”

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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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