January 3 postgame notes - LA Kings Insider

-With the win, Los Angeles improved to 64-62-19 all-time against San Jose, a record that includes a road mark of 25-36-12. The Kings, who improved to 2-2-0 in the season series, have points in seven of their last 11 visits to the SAP Center, going 5-4-2. These teams have one game remaining in the season series: January 18 at Staples Center, their third meeting in 19 days.

-Los Angeles improved to 11-9-2 against the Western Conference, 7-5-0 against the Pacific Division, 7-6-1 when tied after one period, 2-12-1 when trailing after two periods, 14-10-2 when outshooting their opponent, 16-2-3 when a player records a multi-point game, 11-5-4 in one-goal games, 8-4 in games decided past regulation and 7-1 in games decided in the overtime session. The last time the Kings trailed after two periods and won was on October 25, 2016, when they trailed Columbus 2-1 after two periods and won, 3-2, in overtime. Since the implementation of three-on-three play, the Kings are 19-4 in games decided during overtime.

-Peter Budaj stopped 26 of 27 shots. Since allowing six goals on 23 shots in Buffalo on December 13, Kings goalies have combined to stop 260 of the last 274 shots (.949 Sv%) they’ve faced over a 10-game span. Budaj’s 17 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.

-By winning his 614th career game, Darryl Sutter surpassed Jacques Martin for sole possession of 13th place on the all-time wins list. By winning his 205th game with Los Angeles, he moved within 10 wins of Andy Murray’s club record 215 wins as head coach.

-Tanner Pearson scored his 10th goal on the season, the second-most goals scored on the team. He has six points (3-3=6) in the last six games. His career-high in goals is 15, set in 2014-15. In addition to his overtime game-winner in last year’s playoff series versus San Jose, he now has three regular season overtime game-winners.

-By scoring his 21st goal, Jeff Carter moved back into sole possession of second place in the NHL, behind Sidney Crosby’s 26 goals and ahead of Patrik Laine and Auston Matthews’ 20 goals.

-Brayden McNabb played his 200th career game.

-Derek Forbort logged a career-high 25:07 in the win.

-The Kings attempted 65 shots (35 on goal, 18 blocked, 12 missed). The Sharks attempted 55 shots (27 on goal, 14 blocked, 14 missed). Jeff Carter led all skaters with six shots on goal.

-Los Angeles won 32-of-65 faceoffs (49%). Among regular performers, Anze Kopitar won 9-of-24, Nick Shore won 7-of-13, Nic Dowd win 6-of-10 and Jeff Carter won 9-of-17.

The Kings are scheduled to hold an optional practice at Toyota Sports Center at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, January 4.

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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.