March 13 morning skate notes: Quick expected to start; McNabb back in? - LA Kings Insider

Good morning to you, Insiders. Kings-Blues tonight. ::checks standings:: This is kind of a big game.

In advance of tonight’s tilt (7:00 p.m. / FOX Sports West / FOX Sports GO / KABC 790 / I Heart Radio), the Kings aligned thusly:



-Jonathan Quick was the first goalie off the ice at the morning skate and will be expected to start tonight against St. Louis. Brayden McNabb took the first loop alongside Alec Martinez, and Kevin Gravel remained on the ice for some extra work with Ben Bishop, so it appears likely McNabb will rejoin tonight’s lineup. Neither Jordan Nolan nor Nick Shore skated with the group.

-STOP WHAT YOU’RE DOING. There has been a scoring change from Jeff Carter’s empty netter on Saturday. Add a second assist to Tanner Pearson, so the goal now reads Carter (31) from Toffoli (14) and Pearson (19) on the power play at 19:58 of the third period. As you were.

-St. Louis leads Los Angeles by three points. Both teams have 15 games remainng. The Blues have five games left against the Avalanche and Coyotes. No doubt the stakes of this game are huge. What say you, Jake Muzzin? “Well, it’s a must-win game. We all know where we are and who we’re trying to catch and they’re ahead of us, so points-wise it’s a huge game. You know, every game for us coming down the stretch here is important and we’re looking to get points in every one of them.”

-A community note: Taste of the South Bay takes place this Friday – St. Patrick’s Day! – at the new Shade Hotel in Redondo Beach. Mix and mingle with Kings personnel and celebrities, play casino games and taste offerings from over a dozen South Bay-area restaurants at the annual charity event. Tickets are $100 and proceeds benefit the Redondo Beach Police Foundation, with funds earmarked to purchase classroom emergency safety kits for all Redondo Beach schools. More information and a ticketing link can be accessed by clicking here.

-The Blues didn’t have the services of Jori Lehtera, Paul Stastny or Colton Parayko in their 4-3 win over the New York Islanders on Saturday but should receive at least two of the three back for tonight’s game.

That’s not to say that Lehtera is “definitely out.” More information from Head Coach Mike Yeo will come when the team concludes its morning skate at Staples Center and will be updated here once available. (Also, for what it’s worth, Mike Smith is getting the start tonight in Glendale against Colorado. (Los Angeles plays Arizona at Staples Center tomorrow night.) UPDATE: Lehtera is definitely out. Parayko and Stastny are in. Jake Allen will start in goal.

-Tonight’s officials are referees Dean Morton and Eric Furlatt and linesmen Bevan Mills and Shane Heyer. Pia Toscano will sing the national anthem. Lots more to come today, Insiders. Seven bells.

Photos from today’s skate, courtesy of Jon Bradley:

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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.