December 31 postgame notes - LA Kings Insider

-With the win, Los Angeles improved to 63-62-19 all-time against San Jose, a record that includes a home mark of 39-26-7. Saturday’s win snapped a six-game home losing streak to the Sharks, including playoffs. L.A. improved to 1-2-0 in the season series with games remaining in San Jose on January 3 and Los Angeles on January 18.

-The Kings improved to 10-9-2 against the Western Conference, 6-5-0 against the Pacific Division, 10-5-4 in one-goal games, 12-4-2 when scoring first, 8-1-1 when leading after the first period, 12-1-1 when leading after the second period, 15-2-3 when a player records a multi-point game (Pearson, Martinez) and 13-10-2 when outshooting their opponent.

-Darryl Sutter coached his 1,240th career game, surpassing Bryan Murray for 14th place on the NHL’s all-time games coached list, and tied Jacques Martin for 13th place all-time with his 613th career win.

-Peter Budaj stopped 18 of 20 shots. Since allowing six goals on 23 shots in Buffalo on December 13, Kings goalies have combined to stop 234 of the last 247 shots (.947 Sv%) they’ve faced over an eight-game span. Budaj’s 16 wins are his most in a single-season since 2008-09, when he had 20 wins with Colorado. His career-high in wins is 31, set in 2006-07 with the Avalanche.

-Jeff Carter’s 20th goal of the season moved him into second place in the NHL, behind Sidney Crosby’s 26 goals. He recorded his 12th season (of 13) of at least 20 goals and became the first King to register 20-or-more goals in the first 37 games since he scored 21 goals through 37 games in 2012-13. He scored his league-leading seventh game-winning goal of the season, tied for the third most in a single season in his career and most since he recorded eight in 2012-13.

-Alec Martinez recorded his fourth multi-point game of the season, the most amongst defensemen. He leads the team with 15 assists and ranks second with 21 points.

-Tanner Pearson scored his ninth goal on the season, the second-most goals scored on the team. He has five points (2-3=5) in the last five games.

-Los Angeles recorded 60 shot attempts (27 on goal, 16 blocked, 17 missed). San Jose recorded 44 shot attempts (20 on goal, 11 blocked, 13 missed).

-The Kings won 26-of-52 faceoffs (50%). Among regular performers, Anze Kopitar won 13-of-23, Nick Shore won 5-of-9, Nic Dowd won 1-of-5 and Jeff Carter won 6-of-14.

Sunday, January 1 is a day off for the team. The next practice is scheduled for 12:00 p.m. on Monday, January 2 at Toyota Sports Center.

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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.