November 3 morning skate notes - LA Kings Insider

Good day to you from El Segundo, Insiders. Hopefully those of you who made it down (or up) here this morning weren’t caught in the same 405 mess I was. Because of the standstill near the 10 and 405 interchanges, I didn’t catch the beginning of line rushes. But, based on what we saw over the remaining 20-30 minutes of the skate, the Kings appear to be aligning as such:

Extra: Nolan

Extra: Gilbert

-As we await a hypothetical suspension, Tom Gilbert skated as an extra and was joined by Jordan Nolan, who isn’t expected to skate tonight. Andy Andreoff did not take the ice with the group.

-Welcome back, Teddy Purcell and Kevin Gravel. “It feels good,” said Purcell, who noted that being “banged up,” per Darryl Sutter, was the result of a particular incident during one of his two early-season games. “It’s been a while since I’ve played. My body feels good finally, so I’m excited to get back in.”

-Gravel, on whether he was disappointed to not make the team out of camp: “I think so, and I think that’s OK as long as you use that in the right direction. Obviously you set a goal and your goal is to make this team out of camp, and that didn’t happen but you just go down there and continue to get better. Obviously I’m not a finished product yet and there’s a lot of things I can learn, a lot of things I can still work on, and you just try not to think about it and wherever you’re at you just kind of show up and play your game. You let everything else just take care of it self and as long as you’re taking care of the things that you can take care of everything will sort itself out.” Purcell, Gravel stories coming soon.

-Peter Budaj and Jack Campbell were the goalies on the ice. Budaj left the ice first and is expected to start against Pittsburgh. After the skate, Anders Lindback took the ice and got in some work with Bill Ranford. Again, it’s very possible that Lindback, who is currently on an AHL PTO and can not play NHL games with that contract, will get into games with Ontario in Tucson this weekend.

-Darryl Sutter “was shocked and surprised” by the decision to hold a hearing for Tom Gilbert’s hit on Nick Ritchie from Tuesday. Full quotes to come early this afternoon.

-Marc Andre-Fleury is expected to start for Pittsburgh tonight at Staples Center (7:30 p.m. / FOX Sports West / FOX Sports GO / KABC 790 / I Heart Radio). The Penguins aren’t holding a morning skate at Staples Center this morning, so no line rushes are available at this point. On the visitors’ 5-1 win at Anaheim last night, Pittsburgh Head Coach Mike Sullivan told Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, “I really liked how we played. I thought we were skating. We were moving the puck. I thought we executed much better coming out of our end zone. … Overall, it’s probably one of our more complete games this year.”

-There’s a Throwback Thursday clip on tonight’s Kings Weekly, which will follow Kings Live post-game coverage:

Morning skate photos, courtesy of Jon Bradley:




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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.