Good morning, Calgary - LA Kings Insider

Good morning, Chicago, St. Louis, Dallas, Nashville, Calgary, and good morning, Insiders.

Oh, a Minnesota-Calgary back-to-back, you say? Sure, why not. Based on a quick check, this is the longest distance back-to-back set of games since the Kings played on Long Island and at Dallas on consecutive nights in February, 2012. Since then, other than an Ottawa-Chicago back-to-back in 2013-14, it’s been your garden variety set of back-to-backs: Oilers / Flames. Canucks / Oilers. Coyotes / Random Home Game. Central Division Team A / Central Division Team B. But back to that Isles-Stars set. After losing in overtime in a matinee at Nassau Coliseum, the Kings flew nearly 1,600 miles southwest, and the next night in Dallas, Dwight King and Jordan Nolan flanked Mike Richards. While both King and Nolan scored – Nolan’s goal was his first in the NHL – Jack Johnson recorded a power play assist to represent his final point with the team in a 4-2 road win.

This pales in comparison to the Detroit-Los Angeles back-to-back from the 2001 first round playoff series between the teams. Based on my own personal knowledge, that’s a four-day drive if you average about eight hours per day. (Take I-15 to I-70; it’s the most scenic route.) The second half of that back-to-back set, necessitated because of NBA scheduling conflicts at Staples Center, featured an 8:40 p.m. local start (or, if, say, you were finishing up your sophomore year of college in Ann Arbor, a start at 11:40 p.m.).

Of course, these flights are made on comfortable charter jets, and not through commercial flying and plane changes of earlier NHL travel, so all of these trips are made with heightened ease of transit despite the longer distances.

So, tonight is the first of three remaining games against Calgary and part of four total games remaining against one of the teams the Kings are in pursuit of in the standings. Waking up with the Kings will follow, as well as several reports based off information and quotes received over the past several days. Let’s talk soon, Insiders. Enjoy your Tuesday.

New guy, old bucket.

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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.