December 7 practice notes - LA Kings Insider

Good morning, Insiders. The Kings began trickling onto the ice for practice shortly before 9:50 a.m. and ultimately aligned as such up front:

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

-In other words, there were no changes from the lines shown on Sunday. This, surprisingly, was the team’s first practice since Saturday, so most of practice was skating and transition-heavy. There were ultimately five-on-zero breakout drills and work on odd-man rushes via drills that were structured with five-on-two and three-on-two groupings. Before practice segued into individual work, the team took part in one-on-one and one-on-two defending. “Today we looked at some stuff we can get better at, some transition stuff that we’ve got to clean up and that will allow us to have more O-zone play and more forecheck,” Jake Muzzin said. “So, focus on ourselves and tomorrow we’ll look at Carolina.” I’ll have some notes and stories up later today detailing the relaxed schedule, one that will continue with a glut of games against Eastern Conference teams.

-Brayden McNabb was again joined by skating coach Dave Cruikshank after practice and looked like he was making progress in his attempt to return from a broken collarbone. He skated, stickhandled, took shots off the rush and had good velocity on his slapshot. Don’t expect him to return on this upcoming road trip; he still hasn’t taken part in a practice with teammates yet.

-All-Star voting! Who might you see at Staples Center in late January? Surprise, surprise: Carey Price, Sidney Crosby, Patrick Kane and Connor McDavid. Also, I hate to break it to you, but Anze Kopitar wears teal now, unfortunately. Expect a press release to come. (KIDDING.) (PLEASE NOTE THAT I SAID THAT I WAS KIDDING AND THIS WAS A JOKE.) A reminder: This year, fans vote only for the captains of each All-Star team, and to avoid a John Scott situation (which was actually kind of fun and a compelling reason to watch the 2016 game), eligible players must have been on an NHL club’s active roster as of November 1.

-Via the Kings: The LA Kings are recognizing difference makers in our local communities through the We Are All Heroes Program. Nominate a hero in your local community to honored at the game this Saturday December 10th as the LA Kings take on the Ottawa Senators. Selected individuals will win two tickets to attend the game! To nominate someone, or for more information, visit

-Podcasts! Reign Insider Lindsay Czarnecki appeared on a recent Kings Men Podcast:

(UPDATE: Apparently Stitcher refuses to embed the podcast on this site; click here for a link.)

And LAKI Associate Bo Hamby has a podcast of his own. Give ‘er a listen:

Let’s talk soon, Insiders. Darryl Sutter quotes are up next.


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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.