November 10 morning skate notes - LA Kings Insider

Good afternoon from a media bus creeping through downtown Montreal and stickhandling through construction en route to the team hotel. The Kings took the Bell Centre ice at 11:10 local time and aligned thusly:

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-No changes are expected to Los Angeles’ lineup. None were really expected – the team has won three consecutive games, the last two by a 12-0 aggregate – but any Habs fans hoping to see former Canadien Tom Gilbert’s return to the Bell Centre might be disappointed. Perhaps consolation may be derived from their team’s 8-0-0 home record and league-best 23 points.

-One Habs alum is expected to face his former teammates on Thursday: Peter Budaj, who has backstopped the team to back-to-back shutouts, left the ice first at the morning skate and should draw the start. This is the front end of a back-to-back, so the #LAKingsGoalieTweetOff applies. Jeff Zatkoff in Ottawa, perhaps?

-Drew Doughty, on the different look that Montreal has on the back end, with Shea Weber in and P.K. Subban out: “They’re different players. P.K.’s more high-risk, he’s going to take some high risks offensively, he’s just a solid player. Shea is going to bring a lot more leadership, he’s going to bring a more physical game, he’s going to bring a more defensive game and then offensively he doesn’t take too many risks, he’s just got that big shot. You’re not going to see him go end to end with the puck too often, he’s just going to make that good first pass and then get up in the offensive zone and take his shot.” Some very interesting Darryl Sutter quotes on the evolution of the Canadiens’ back end will follow.

-One of the best things about covering a game in Montreal is working alongside one of the more direct and knowledgeable media corps. There was another fun Darryl Sutter press conference / interrogation today, which segued into a smaller group chatting with the Kings coach and gaining more context on the team’s performance and identity. It’s all very interesting; quotes will follow.

-As for the Habs, several lineup changes are expected. Forward David Desharnais and Defenseman Greg Pateryn (who is a regular participant at late-summer Toyota Sports Center skates) will be scratched, per Michel Therrien, with forward Sven Andrighetto and defenseman Joel Hanley drawing in. Forward lines, based on yesterday’s practice, should be Byron-Galchenyuk-Radulov, Andrighetto-Plekanec-Gallagher, Pacioretty-Danault-Shaw and Carr-Mitchell-Flynn. Torrey Mitchell, who I’m told was Devin Setoguchi’s roommate in San Jose, is a fourth line center with five goals. There’s some good north-south skating on Montreal’s fourth line.

-Rogie Vachon, who will be inducted into the Hall of Fame on Monday, will be honored during a pre-game ceremony. He’s expected to join Gary and Jim during the first intermission of tonight’s FOX Sports West broadcast. GO DOWNLOAD THE FOX SPORTS GO APP.

-Lots more to come, Insiders. Darryl Sutter quotes will be up next, after a trip around the corner for a quick lunch. 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.