Good morning, Chicago - LA Kings Insider

Good morning, Chicago, and good morning, Insiders.

There were frustrating moments last night as Official LAKI Computer’s compete level dropped off significantly and refused to boot up. Clearly this is a computer that would have no business playing for Darryl Sutter. There are no nights off in blogging.

It was frustrating, but hey, these things happen, and it was nothing compared to what Chicago Cubs fans are feeling right now. The exultation of heading back to Wrigley Field in a tied World Series and maybe the rogue thought or two of, “well, you know, if the Cubs win all three games, then, I mean, you know, they could celebrate at home,” followed by an excruciating 1-0 loss that must have been the baseball incarnation of The Royal Half’s BARF CRY BARF Stanley Cup mantra. (I wouldn’t know; it’s not nearly to the same extent as Cubs suffering, but the Dodgers haven’t been in the World Series since I was seven, and I have only one or two vague recollections of 1988.)

But we’re here, in Chicago, on the same night that the Cubs will play a World Series game. I’m interested to get a sense of the vibe at the U.C. tonight – will there be empty seats? What percentage of White Sox fans form the Blackhawks fanbase? Will there be sporadic roars from those able to watch the baseball game on TVs and tablets? – on a night that does serve as one of the more important nights in Chicago sports history. Thank goodness we’re nowhere near Wrigleyville, and that Kings-Blackhawks should end in advance of whatever happens up on the Northside.

Waking up with the Kings will follow, Insiders. I’ll also have some news and notes from the team hotel; it’s possible that one or two of the scratches may take the ice, but there’s no full team morning skate at the United Center today. Instead, there are video sessions and team meetings. I’ll pass along Brayden McNabb news via Twitter as quickly as I receive it.

Thank you for reading, Bloggers. Let’s talk soon.



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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.