October 14 morning skate notes; arrive early - LA Kings Insider

A good day to you from El Segundo, where the Kings have returned to their team areas for meetings and video sessions after a morning skate. Several notes:

-It wasn’t a full-team skate; Jeff Carter wasn’t among those on the ice. Don’t panic; as a refresher, he often takes the option in the morning. Yesterday he took part in the skate and was aligned with Teddy Purcell and Trevor Lewis, so there’s no alarm. Because it wasn’t a completely full group, line rushes are, for the most part, moot. Refer to yesterday’s rushes: King-Kopitar-Toffoli, Clifford-Brown-Shore-Nolan and Andreoff-Dowd-Setoguchi. You may notice that one line has four skaters on it; because the last skaters to leave the ice were Nic Dowd and Tom Gilbert, it’s not clear who will fill out the depth lines this evening.

-Jeff Zatkoff was the first goaltender to leave the ice and is expected to start against Philadelphia, with Peter Budaj backing him up. If you missed the Jonathan Quick update from Dean Lombardi, it’s right here.

Yo, the Flyers!

-For those scoring at home, that’s Raffl-Giroux-Simmons, Konecny-Couturier-Voracek, Cousins-Bellemare-Weise and VandeVelde-Gordon-Read, with defensive pairings of MacDonald-Gostisbehere, Provorov-Streit and Schultz-Manning. Via Tim Panaccio, Michal Neuvirth will start in net; Radko Gudas will serve the first game of his six-game suspension for his hit on Boston rookie Austin Czarnik.

-BE. IN. YOUR. SEATS. BY. 7:00. – Kings management. It’s an important day in the history of the organization, and a special batch of dignitaries will be on hand as part of the pre-game ceremony. The ceremony isn’t scheduled to begin until 7:30, but don’t you dare tempt Picothulhu, Angry Los Angeles Traffic Deity, on a Friday. Bob Miller and Jiggs McDonald will emcee different parts of the ceremony, which Wayne Gretzky, the Triple Crowd Line and other distinguished members of the organization who’ve had their jerseys retired will be honored along with the 1967-68 club and other alums. Davis Gaines will perform the national anthem. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:56 p.m.

-The Kings are hosting a 50/50 raffle this year. From their press release: Participants will have a chance at winning 50 percent of the pot from the 50/50 Raffle with the proceeds benefiting the Kings Care Foundation. Fans can visit any 50/50 Raffle kiosk on the concourse or purchase tickets from roaming sellers from the time doors open until the end of the 2nd intermission. Tickets will be sold 3 for $5, 10 for $10, and 60 for $20. One ticket will be selected each game and announced during the third period, with the winner taking home half of the evening’s net proceeds and the remainder benefiting LA Kings charitable partners. For more information or to find out if you won, visit lakings.com/5050.

-I’m serving as an NHL Network correspondent again this year and will have a televised report on NHL Live at 2:10 p.m. Let’s talk soon, Insiders. Darryl Sutter quotes will follow shortly.

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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.