March 18 practice notes: Nolan to travel - LA Kings Insider

Good afternoon from El Segundo, Insiders. After a day off on Friday, the Kings reconvened on the main rink at Toyota Sports Center at 10:00 a.m. Saturday and were color coordinated thusly:

Green: Brown-Kopitar-Iginla
Blue: Pearson-Carter-Toffoli
Yellow: Gaborik-Kempe-Lewis
Red: Andreoff-Dowd-Clifford/Nolan

-It was a fairly rigorous practice, which wasn’t a surprise following the recovery day. In addition to the rushes and flow drills that formally opened the skate, there were three-on-three in-zone drills with a battle and compete element. As some players headed off, the defense remained on the ice for work at the far end of the rink from the dressing room as the forwards worked on shooting lanes at the other end. Jordan Nolan was a full participant and will travel with the team to Calgary and Edmonton, though it’s not yet clear whether he’ll enter the lineup at this point. Nick Shore joined the skate at the end but will not travel on the two-game trip.

-The Kings have successfully killed off 58 of the last 62 shorthanded situations – including each of their last 31 penalty kills on the road – and were two-for-two against a Sabres team that entered Thursday night leading the league in power play percentage. What did they do well to deny Buffalo even a shot on goal in those two power plays? “I think our pressure points on the penalty kill when all four are going together, it’s really hard to get set up and get any shots, so I thought we did a good job of everyone attacking at the right times and reading off each other – ‘if you go, I’m going, he’s going,’ – and then it’s kind of a dead play,” Jake Muzzin said. “I thought we did a really job with that and didn’t allow them to get much and I think defending the rush, too, on the power play. They didn’t really get set up, so that was good.” I’ll have more from Darryl Sutter shortly; he agreed with Muzzin that the team did a good job of making entries difficult, limiting set-up time.

-Andy Andreoff has been checking well in his own zone, and it has led to opportunities at the other end of the ice. He hasn’t scored yet this season, but off the eye test, there appeared to be an uptick in scoring chances as the home stand progressed. “Yeah I mean, I’ve been getting a lot of chances, good looks, so hopefully one comes soon,” he said. As for his line, he said the confidence has been building every game. “You know, we’re building and getting momentum every game, so hopefully we can keep that going. If we’re getting out of the D-zone then Darryl will trust us and get us out there more.”

-Those on the Kings beat often joke that Darryl Sutter is inclined to start practices some 20 minutes early because the team goes by “Viking Standard Time.” Well, we might’ve been on to something.

-More to come before and after takeoff, Insiders. Darryl Sutter quotes will follow. Thank you, as always, for reading.

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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.