November 25 practice notes; Gaborik decision Saturday; roster moves? - LA Kings Insider

Good morning afternoon from El Segundo, Insiders. Most of the Kings took the ice well before 10:00 a.m. and remained on for the better part of an hour. In doing so, they aligned as such:

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

-Yes, that’s correct. Anze Kopitar lined up as a left wing alongside Nic Dowd and Dustin Brown. There was special teams work during practice, so that placement may simply be related to where Kopitar could find himself come the first power play of the game. Then again, Kopitar has played only one game since returning from an upper-body injury related to one of his limbs, was used with two different sets of wingers on Wednesday, and “was only taking [faceoffs] on one side” against the Islanders, according to Sutter. I asked Darryl whether today’s placement could foretell an even strength slotting for tomorrow’s game, but he declined to go into specifics. We’ll wait and see what happens at tomorrow’s morning skate before jumping to any conclusions.

-Whether or not Marian Gaborik will play against Chicago will be decided after the morning skate. Gaborik was confident he could jump into the lineup; his exact words were “I think I should be good to go tomorrow.” Because the winger hasn’t faced any real game situations since September 25 – a near-nine-week absence – Darryl will have to be convinced, though he acknowledged that the decision will be made after the morning skate. “First off, the player has to really tell you that he’s ready, and then the coaching staff has to think that way, too,” he said. I’ll fill in some of the blanks with a story on Gaborik this afternoon.

-Like Gaborik, Andy Andreoff is also on injured reserve and nearing a return. Los Angeles has one open roster spot. I’m told that no roster moves are planned for today. Should there be a roster move tomorrow, it would likely come in the hours leading up to game time. Again, the team will go through the morning skate before any official decisions are made; they’re still weighing several options, from my understanding.

-As for the practice, the Kings took part in rushes and flow drills, followed by special teams work, followed by that fun jungle hockey drill in which the nets are moved to the width of the rink. That segued into a similar drill where the two nets were placed on opposite blue lines, and some two-on-two games meant that the goalies were regularly tested by around-the-net, bang-bang scoring chances. Because yesterday was a day off, it was one of the longer practices of the early part of the season.

-Jonathan Toews (upper-body) is not playing against Anaheim this afternoon.

-More to come, and probably in this order: Sutter on the goaltending tandem, Sutter quotes, Gaborik update, Greene on the Gravel-Greene pairing. Based on timing and anything unforeseen, I may mix that up a little bit or omit one of the stories. I hope you’re enjoying your Black Friday, Insiders. Let’s talk soon. Enjoy these practice shots, 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.