More quotes from today's practice: Stevens, Doughty - LA Kings Insider

Stevens, on whether Washington will serve as a good “test” on Saturday:
Well, if you look at Washington, Minnesota, some of those teams, they’re the top offensive producers in the league and they’re the top defensive teams in the league. They’re far away out in front now with the goals against, and they do it last year, and they’re doing it again this year. They don’t just create offense from run and gun, they’re a very sound defensive team and really solid at all positions. They’re a committed checking team that gets the puck back in a hurry the other way. They’ll be a good challenge for us tomorrow.

Drew Doughty, on what makes the Capitals a good team:
Yeah, they’re good at everything, basically. I think they’re obviously one of the best teams in the league this year. They added a little firepower here at the trade deadline so yeah, they’re good at everything. We need to play good defensive hockey to beat them and if we try to get in to their style of game which is the rush game and give them chances back and forth then we’re going to lose.

Doughty, on whether he “gets up” for games against Washington:
I don’t think so. Yeah, I get up for games against Washington, obviously because I’m playing against Ovechkin and Backstrom and guys like that, but my type of game I like to play is against the Western teams like San Jose or Anaheim with the big, strong, physical games.

Doughty, on a “pretty good on-ice rivalry with Ovechkin”:
We obviously respect each other as players but when it comes down to it we both have a big desire to not lose and we’ll do whatever it takes to win and I’m going to run him and he’s going to run me. That’s just the way it is.

Doughty, on the possibility that the NHL does not go to the Olympics:
Yeah, it would be nice to know whether it’s going to happen. Obviously I always want to represent my country and playing in the Olympics is very special, but with them adding the World Cup and the Olympics it’s a lot of hockey. They’re expecting their top guys in the league to play a lot of hockey.

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.