January 2 practice notes; brief Toffoli/Quick updates - LA Kings Insider

Good afternoon from the taxiways at LAX, Insiders. The Kings took the ice shortly before 11:00 a.m. and did not show any changes to the lines shown against the Sharks on Saturday:

White: Gaborik-Kopitar-Brown-(Andreoff)
Blue: Pearson-Carter-Setoguchi
Purple: Clifford-Dowd-Lewis
Yellow: King-Shore-Nolan

-All active players on the ice were accounted for. Tyler Toffoli (lower-body) didn’t skate, though Darryl Sutter shared an update following practice:

There’s nothing new on Jonathan Quick (groin), though the goaltender does have his next check-up coming soon. “Whenever you asked last time, he had an appointment right in there, and I think I said it was a month until his next appointment, and I said it was not ’til next year,” Sutter said. “So it’s this year, now.”

-I’ll have a quick post up later today on the rivalry getting an interesting jolt with the altercations between Dustin Brown and Joe Thornton in the third period Saturday night. The Kings’ room wasn’t too concerned on Monday with the play, which did not have any pristine replays that I remember seeing. “It’s just hockey, really. It’s a physical game,” Brown said. “Sometimes you get hit, sometimes you’re hitting guys, so it’s not that big of a deal.” The play probably could’ve drawn an interference penalty, but it did not appear that there was any head contact, so I would doubt that any sort of supplemental discipline was ever legitimately considered. The Kings getting a two-minute power play – for Thornton’s slash on Derek Forbort – seemed appropriate for a fracas that was probably a touch overblown and will probably barely be a footnote come Tuesday night.

-The Sharks will again be without defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic, who was just placed on injured-reserve with an upper-body injury after taking a Shayne Gostisbehere shot to the face last week. Via reports, David Schlemko is also working through an upper-body injury and may not play against Los Angeles, so San Jose recalled 2013 first round draft pick Mirco Mueller from AHL-San Jose on Tuesday. In 50 career NHL games, Mueller has one goal, four points and a minus-12 rating. Via Kevin Kurz, defensive pairings could be Martin-Burns, Mueller-DeMelo and Dillon-Braun. Brent Burns, as we all know, is extraordinarily dangerous when he shoots, and his shots often up as scoring chances. “I think for him he doesn’t maybe move as much he just shoots it from anywhere,” Dwight King said. “It’s not like a pull-and-shoot it’s just like a quick release.”

-Darryl Sutter quotes will follow, as well as some words from Dustin Brown and what Dwight King has done to earn the responsibility of protecting leads late in the third period and to widen his penalty killing role. Let’s talk soon, Insiders.

Practice photos, courtesy Jon Bradley:

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#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.

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Born: December 21, 1993
Birthplace: Eden, NY, USA
Position: C
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#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.

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Born: January 1, 1985
Birthplace: London, ON, CAN
Position: C
Handedness: Right


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Born: January 21, 1986
Birthplace: Milford, CT, USA
Position: G
Handedness: Left


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