AM skate notes: Doughty among those banged up but should play; Zatkoff goes - LA Kings Insider

Good afternoon from downtown Detroit, where the Kings skated at Joe Louis Arena earlier this morning. Per both Darryl Sutter and Drew Doughty, it was an optional team skate, though Doughty was the only player not to take the ice. “It’s optional. I told them all to go, they bitched. I told them none of them had to go, so they all go,” Darryl Sutter said amidst a few chuckles from the assembled media.

Still, Doughty is among those on the Kings who is banged up and playing through a few dings and scrapes. For Doughty, this is largely related to an awkward tumble he took during Saturday’s game against Ottawa. Helene Elliott and I spoke with Dean Lombardi yesterday about the list of walking wounded, and it extends beyond those who spent time on IR.

“…I had the IR list and you guys don’t see it, but we had 10 guys on there for a while, so it’s not only the guys who are out but really knocked up, but we’ve kind of gotten through that,” Lombardi said. He also later said, “I think, for the most part, we’re OK,” meaning that the team has gotten through the worst of the glut of injuries.

Doughty, by the way, might not be among those who will miss Joe Louis Arena. He saw a Red Wings game here when he was growing up in London, Ontario, but doesn’t feel as though he’s played his best hockey in Detroit. “To be honest, my memory of this arena is usually a minus-two, minus-three night when Lidstrom and Datsyuk and Zetterberg, Holmstrom, they had all those players. My memories aren’t amazing when I’m actually in the game here, so I’m actually a little bit happy that it’s going to be gone.”

There were no line rushes during today’s skate, but Jeff Zatkoff left the ice first and should be expected to start in his hometown; he’ll have family and support in attendance. Peter Budaj remained on the ice for extra work with Kevin Gravel, Devin Setoguchi and Andy Andreoff, so there could be some changes on the back end as well, and given that L.A. could have three right-handed shots in the lineup tonight in Doughty, Tom Gilbert and Matt Greene, there’s a chance that the Muzzin-Martinez pairing could be scrapped. There could be a bit more experience in tonight’s lineup.

As for the offensive lines, yesterday Los Angeles showed Pearson-Kopitar-Lewis, King-Carter-Toffoli, Gaborik-Dowd-Brown, Clifford-Shore-Nolan as their first rotations up front.

Jimmy Howard, who is 5-6-1 with a 1.86 goals-against average and a .937 save percentage will start in net for Detroit, while Jonathan Ericsson is expected to return to the lineup after missing three games with back spasms. Alexey Marchenko (shoulder) remains out, according to Ansar Khan of, while Justin Abdelkader (MCL sprain), Darren Helm (shoulder) and Brendan Smith (knee) are among those who remain out.

I’ll have a lot more to come today, Insiders, including Darryl Sutter quotes and some great memories from the Southeast Michiganders of playing and attending games at the Joe. If you’re at your computer right now, click here to catch my interview with Rick Ralph of TSN 1290 Winnipeg, which is coming up at 10:30 a.m. PT. Let’s talk soon, Insiders.


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Jake Muzzin

#6 | 6′ 3″ | 216 lb | Age: 27

Born: Feb 21, 1989
Birthplace: Woodstock, ON, CAN
Position: D
Handedness: Left


Muzzin was drafted in 2007 by the Pittsburgh Penguins, before signing to the Kings in 2010. He has since become the first Woodstock, Ontario professional athlete to win a major sports trophy.

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.

Tyler Toffoli

#73 | 6′ 1″ | 200 lb | Age: 24

Born: April 24, 1992
Birthplace: Scarborough, ON, CAN
Position: C
Handedness: Right


Toffoli is a Canadian professional ice hockey forward, drafted by the Kings in the second round of the 2010 Draft. Toffoli scored his first career NHL goal in his second game in a 4–0 victory over the Phoenix Coyotes in 2013. He was also named the 2012–13 AHL All-Rookie Team.

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.