January 5 morning skate notes; Zatkoff likely to go - LA Kings Insider

Good morning from rainy El Segundo, Insiders. The Kings took the ice shortly before 10:00 a.m. and did not show any changes to lines or pairings:



-Jeff Zatkoff left the ice first and is expected to start against his hometown Red Wings. Matt Greene didn’t remain on for extra work with Tom Gilbert, Andy Andreoff and Peter Budaj, so don’t be surprised to see him (or the other skaters) take the ice for warm-ups tonight. Zatkoff earned the win over the Red Wings at Joe Louis Arena last month; L.A. goalies have combined to stop 94.9% of the shots they’ve faced over their last 10, beginning with that game.

-Tomas Sandstrom was in the facility and chatted briefly with coaches and players in advance of his Legends Night this Saturday. After media availability, Darryl Sutter referred to his playing style as a “small town Canadian” kid. Sandstrom will play in tomorrow’s Kings-Oilers alumni game in Bakersfield.

-I’ll have more up on this later, but defensive prospect Kale Clague, who is playing a very visible role for Canada at the World Junior Championship, will face the United States at 5:00 p.m. (NHL Network / Sirius XM NHL Network) as part of a tantalizing appetizer prior to tonight’s Kings-Wings game. Clague is tied for second amongst defensemen in the tournament with six points (all assists) in six games and carries a plus-five rating into tonight’s gold medal match.

-Detroit is hurting. The Red Wings have allowed at least three goals in 11 of their last 14 outings and may be without both Niklas Kronwall and Brendan Smith, who were both casualties in the team’s 2-0 loss in Anaheim last night. Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press also notes there’s a good chance that Jared Coreau could start in net, rather than Petr Mrazek, who was solid in the loss to the Ducks. Jimmy Howard is out with a knee injury; Coreau is 2-1-1 with a 3.43 goals-against average and a .889 save percentage. He’s a 25-year-old who has put up good numbers at AHL-Grand Rapids after a season and a half with ECHL-Toledo and is a product of Northern Michigan University.

-I may spread these stories over the next two days, but I have a quick story on Kevin Gravel and a longer story on Peter Budaj coming down the pike. There’s some interesting observation from Associate Coach John Stevens and Goaltending Coach Bill Ranford coming. Thank you for reading, Insiders. Darryl quotes will follow shortly after a FOX Sports West conference call at noon.

Morning skate photos, courtesy of Jon Bradley:

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.