December 11 practice notes; Borowiecki suspended (+ video) - LA Kings Insider

Good afternoon, Insiders. The Kings held their final practice at Toyota Sports Center before a quick jaunt to Buffalo, Detroit, Pittsburgh, Boston, Columbus, Nashville and Dallas, and in doing so were grouped together in lines that were definitely not the lines you should expect to see on Tuesday. They’re not even really worth repeating (and are likely due to special teams work), but, hey, content is content. So: The lines! They were Clifford-Kopitar-Carter-Andreoff, Pearson-Lewis-Brown, King-Dowd-Setoguchi-Toffoli and Gaborik-Shore-Nolan. Again! Pay these groupings no mind; players were aligned due to special teams work and due to the particular drills they worked through. Also, for what it’s worth, the team was originally scheduled to skate at 8:30 a.m. tomorrow morning but is now apparently just heading straight to the plane, according to a member of the team’s public relations staff.

-Mark Borowiecki was handed down a two-game suspension for his hit on Tyler Toffoli. The video:

Reporters spoke earlier today with both Matt Greene, who fought Borowiecki on his first shift after the Senator exited the penalty box, and Toffoli; I’ll have a story up on that later this afternoon. Toffoli actually said that it was his neck that bore most of the force of the hit, but he had a good sense early on that he was OK. After following concussion protocol – more on that later – he returned, and was ultimately able to reassure his mom, who was understandably concerned. “I watched it a couple times and I knew I was fine but I kind of felt bad, my mom was freaking out,” he said. “I called her after and she was trying to get as much information as she could, but that’s just pretty standard, I think. Every mother would do the same thing.”

Borowiecki’s suspension relates to an issue some general managers have with how suspensions are determined. Ottawa’s next two games? At Anaheim, versus San Jose. It’s not a big issue because Toffoli returned to a game Los Angeles won, but had they lost, or had Toffoli been unable to return, Borowiecki missing games against a pair of Pacific Division rivals would’ve doubly affected the Kings negatively.

As noted earlier, Darryl Sutter shared a Jonathan Quick update and explained why Drew Doughty wasn’t on the ice for the glut of practice. His quotes will follow. Enjoy your Sunday, Insiders.


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.