October 27 morning skate notes; Royal Reflections - LA Kings Insider

Good morning from El Segundo, Insiders. Let’s talk.

-It was an optional morning skate. Not all skaters took the ice, so there were no real line rushes. We’ll get a better sense of the lines Darryl plans on rolling in five-on-five play during warm-ups.

-Jordan Nolan, Teddy Purcell and Matt Greene remained on the ice for a little bit of extra work with Jack Campbell, so there probably won’t be any changes related to players leaving or entering the lineup.

-Peter Budaj was the first goaltender off the ice and is expected to start against Nashville.

-According to a hockey operations source, Anders Lindback’s visa status hasn’t yet been cleared, but the team continues to hammer away at it. There is an expectation that it could take a week to 10 days for the visa status to clear, but there’s also an outside possibility that it could be expedited.

-There’s no word yet on whether Pekka Rinne or Marek Mazanec will start in net for Nashville (but when that comes out, this page will be updated). The Predators are 2-4-0 and coming off a 6-1 loss to Anaheim on Wednesday, a game in which Rinne allowed four goals on 17 shots and was replaced by Mazanec late in the second period. Los Angeles shouldn’t expect a neighborly, jocund bunch. “We have to find a way to do those key things to winning and having success in this league consistently,” P.K. Subban told Tennessean beat writer Adam Vingan. “I think right now we’re having moments where we’re doing it, but we’re not doing it consistently enough. It’s showing right now, and I think [the Anaheim] game’s a huge wakeup call for us.”

-Speaking of the Preds, here’s Bob Miller with a recollection of traveling with former Kings color commentator and current Predators radio play by play broadcaster Pete Weber as part of FOX Sports West’s Royal Reflections series:

Pete also joined the most recent edition of Kings Men Podcast:

-More to come today, Insiders, including Darryl Sutter observations on defenseman Tom Gilbert, and views from the players on the upcoming five-games-in-eight-nights stretch against high-quality competition. If you’re near a TV, I’ll also join the NHL Network for some Kings talk at 1:40 p.m. Let’s talk soon, 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


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.