February 3 practice notes; Toffoli a "game-time" decision - LA Kings Insider

Good afternoon from Philadelphia, where the sun is showing a pretty good compete level in trying to break free from an overcast sky. The Kings practiced on the edge of the University of Pennsylvania campus at the Class of 1923 Arena on Friday and aligned as such:

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

-Defensive pairings were Muzzin-Doughty, Forbort-Martinez and McNabb-Gravel, so Paul LaDue, who skated as an extra defenseman, may not make his NHL debut against the Flyers. As noted yesterday, Jordan Nolan, who is dealing with a lower-body muscle pull, did not travel at the outset of this four-game trip.

-Jonathan Quick practiced with the team for the second straight day:

Quick left the ice after 20 minutes, eliciting this impish Jim Fox tweet, before returning to continue his work with Bill Ranford. He’s still a ways away from even being considered for a start; expect Peter Budaj to get the nod in Philadelphia.

-Darryl Sutter said that Tyler Toffoli is a game-time decision for tomorrow and that he wanted to get him on a line at practice today. Whether he plays on Saturday or not, his return is imminent. The team has an open spot on the roster and would not have to make any corresponding moves to activate him.

-Because the team practiced on campus at Penn, I asked Darryl Sutter and several players about receiving Ivy League offers. Sutter, as it turns out, was offered by Harvard, Yale and Princeton. “I guess they must’ve thought I was an elite student, because it wasn’t with anything to do with my hockey ability,” he joked. Sutter signed a letter of intent with Michigan Tech after having visited the campus and being taken aback by the atmosphere at the Husky games he attended, but ultimately decided to play with the WHL’s Lethbridge Broncos, where his brothers Brent, Brian, Duane, Rich and Ron also played. More to come on the former student-athletes who now play for the Kings.

-The Flyers, who are coming off a 3-1 win over visiting Montreal on Thursday, are likely to scratch skilled rookie Travis Konecny and dynamic young defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere for the second straight game.

Via Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer:

After Friday’s practice in Voorhees, Flyers coach Dave Hakstol was asked if he sat the two players because he wanted a more grind-it-out approach by inserting defenseman Nick Schultz and winger Dale Weise.

“I can simplify it probably a little bit more – it’s about winning hockey games,” he said. “We’re in the middle of a playoff battle here. We hope it’s going to be a long battle because we think it’s going to go right down to the wire. It’s just about a roster and a lineup that gives us the best opportunity to win.”

Defenseman Michael Del Zotto is day-to-day for Philadelphia and unlikely to play, while Michal Neuvirth is expected to draw the start in net.

More to come on the eve of back-to-back road matinees, Insiders. Stay tuned.

Signing autographs after a practice at the University of Pennsylvania

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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.