November 18 practice notes - LA Kings Insider

Good afternoon from El Segundo, where the Kings took the ice at 11:00 a.m. and were aligned by color-coded jerseys. The forwards were grouped as such:

Blue: Pearson-Carter-Toffoli
White: Brown-Dowd-Setoguchi
Purple: King-Lewis-Nolan
Green: Clifford-Shore-Purcell
Yellow: Gaborik-Kopitar-Andreoff

-Because no one from the injured group (see: Gaborik-Kopitar-Andreoff) was placed on a new line, no lineup changes should be expected for Saturday’s game against New Jersey (1:00 p.m. / FOX Sports West / FOX Sports GO / KABC 790 / I Heart Radio). Similar to recent practices, there’s not yet that full “oomph” on Kopitar’s shots, so the Kings’ captain may still need a bit of extra time.

-Tomorrow’s game is an afternoon game, so the #LAKingsGoalieTweetOff applies. Peter Budaj left the ice first, followed later on by Jeff Zatkoff. Nothing official has been shared yet, but expect an announcement that Jack Campbell has been assigned back to AHL-Ontario. “Panning for gold in Stockton,” Darryl Sutter said in reference to Ontario’s opponent tonight. Zatkoff, who had four good days of practice since Friday, when he had to leave the Ottawa game because of groin spasms, says that he’s ready. “I feel 100% confident now. I feel it’s good to go, so now I’ll just keep working on getting back up to game speed, keep practicing, and just go from there.”

-Speaking of panning for gold, Darryl Sutter demonstrated very good knowledge of our state’s history. The reason? He said his family is among the descendants of the Sutter family of California Gold Rush association. Yes, there will be (very interesting) quotes coming.

-Back to hockey. Jonathan Quick isn’t yet ready to work out, and there’s still no real timetable on any sort of a hypothetical, down-the-line return. I’ll share an update there shortly.

-Another story will follow on the team’s improved defensive mobility with players such as Derek Forbort and Kevin Gravel – both strong skaters – joining the mix. This follows an observation yesterday from Darryl Sutter that he’s happy with the “good, young defense.” He continued, noting that if a healthy McNabb were to be reinserted into the group, that “I’d take those six and do it for 10 years.” Said Drew Doughty, earlier today: “Yeah, I guess we’re a little more mobile. I think we can be better defensively as a group. But besides that, I think we’ve been pretty good.”

-We’re about to shoot another Saturday Straight Up, which will air during the second intermission of tomorrow’s game. Jesse Cohen moderates; Josh Cooper and I will be panelists. More to come, Insiders. 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.