October 18 morning skate notes - LA Kings Insider

Good afternoon from the bowels of Xcel Energy Center, where both the Wild and Kings have concluded their morning skates and are in the process of returning to their residences and hotel rooms to catch some shuteye in advance of tonight’s game (5:00 p.m. PT / FOX Sports West / FOX Sports Go / KABC 790 / I Heart Radio).

The Kings held a full skate and aligned as such:

King – Kopitar – Toffoli
Pearson – Carter – Setoguchi
Brown – Shore – Lewis
Andreoff – Dowd – Nolan
Clifford – Purcell

McNabb – Doughty
Muzzin – Martinez
Forbort – Gilbert
Greene

-Jeff Zatkoff left the ice first and is expected to start in net against Minnesota. Kyle Clifford, Teddy Purcell and Matt Greene remained on the ice for extra work and are not expected to play tonight.

-On the McNabb-Doughty partnership, I asked Darryl Sutter about the elements in McNabb’s game he liked and the elements he didn’t like from the time the two were paired together last season. “I think what he can continue to work on is playing against top players,” Sutter said.

-Minnesota is turning to Darcy Kuemper, who has had success against Los Angeles in his NHL tenure.

Boudreau noted that he’s not particularly interested in those splits, though. “I don’t look at any of his numbers. I know he’s played good against L.A. because somebody told me that, but it wouldn’t have mattered if he was 0-18. He was playing tonight.” As has been noted, Kuemper is an alumni of the ECHL’s Ontario Reign, with whom he posted a 1.74 goals-against average and .941 save percentage in eight games in the 2011-12 season.

-More to come shortly, including Sutter quotes and some words from Tanner Pearson, Nic Dowd and Tom Gilbert. Thank you as always for reading, 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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