November 1 morning skate notes (+ Lindback, Zatkoff info) - LA Kings Insider

Good afternoon from El Segundo, Insiders. Quite a busy morning around these parts. The lines at today’s morning skate:



-So you may have noticed that Jeff Carter is not included, and instead, Teddy Purcell, who is not a center, is listed with an asterisk in his spot. This, as you may have guessed (or had read on Twitter) is because Carter occasionally takes the option for morning skates. Purcell does not appear to be quite ready to return and was instead standing in for the center. Expect Carter to play. Andy Andreoff was not among those who took the ice shortly before 10:00 a.m.

No surprises: Peter Budaj left the ice first at the morning skate and is expected to start in net against Anaheim (7:30 p.m. / FOX Sports West / FOX Sports Go / KABC 790 / I Heart Radio).

-Lo, who is that yellow-padded goalie? Why, that would be Anders Lindback. As noted yesterday, the Kings were planning on bringing him in this week to take a look and see where he was at. His visa situation is all but sorted out, but while he’s on an AHL PTO he can only practice with the big club, not play in NHL games. (All photo credits, including the banner image and those below, are courtesy of Jon Bradley.)

-Jeff Zatkoff faced a few shots prior to the morning skate but isn’t on the verge of a return. The next step in his recovery will be to see some shots that aren’t quite as simulated. “You know, a little more reactionary and just make sure I can have that and kind of go from there. That’s kind of the next big step for me is not that pre-planned shot but just kind of going into a little something, just going with the flow and reacting and seeing how I handle it,” he said. Expect a Zatkoff update and an Alec Martinez-Drew Doughty pairing story later this afternoon after some Darryl Sutter quotes.

-Staying on the goaltending theme, John Gibson is expected to draw the start for the Ducks. Skilled forward Rickard Rakell is expected to make his season debut, but top defenseman Hampus Lindholm won’t as his own visa situation is sorted out, according to Eric Stephens of the Orange County Register. “I still think we have quite a bit of work to do,” defenseman Cam Fowler told Stephens of Anaheim’s 3-4-2 start. “There’s little bits and pieces of our game that can certainly improve. … It’s early in the year so we have lots of time. I know what this can do and I don’t think we’ve even scratched the surface yet.”

-Darryl Sutter has remained stuck on 599 wins after the team’s last two outings. Does his 600th come tonight? Let’s talk soon, Kings fans. Enjoy your Tuesday.


-all photos courtesy Jon Bradley

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.