September 29 practice notes; Quick's workload - LA Kings Insider

Good afternoon from El Segundo, Insiders. Today’s practice lines, via color coding:

Gray: Cammalleri-Kopitar-Brown
White: Pearson-Carter-Toffoli
Purple: Iafallo-Kempe-Dowd
Yellow: Clifford-Shore-Lewis
Red: Andreoff-Laich-Brodzinski-Auger

-Defensive pairs were Forbort-Doughty, Muzzin-Martinez, MacDermid-Folin and Fantenberg-LaDue, with Chris Lee cycling through. Marian Gaborik did not skate with the group.

-There was good competition to facilitate scoring, with two-on-two and two-on-one drills around the net designed to nurture playmaking and burying the puck. Otherwise, there wasn’t a great deal learned from the on-ice events, other than the changes to the forward groupings from what had been shown Thursday. As John Stevens noted in today’s practice quotes, don’t put excess stock in who is playing and who isn’t against Anaheim tomorrow. He wanted to make sure that Jeff Carter and Anze Kopitar would get four games, and while Carter has appeared in four, Kopitar only has three games to his preseason credit.

-As for goaltending, is Jonathan Quick where he wants and needs to be to start the season? It’s not always the easiest question to answer, but he’s been encouraged by his preseason work so far and deemed himself to be “confident in all the different scenarios.”

“Like any other year, you’re always trying to find a way to get better and work on the things,” he said. “We obviously do a ton of video, and you’re watching all your shifts and touches and saves and goals against. Every day it’s ‘what did you right? What did you do wrong?’ You’re trying to build on things you did well and address the things you didn’t do so well. It’s constant work.”

He stopped 37 of 38 Arizona shots in the 4-1 win over the Coyotes, which would seem to at the very least be an indication that there’s no real cause for concern in his game. (Not that there would ever be by default.)

But the 31-year-old acknowledges that training and usage is different now than when he broke into the league. While there have been changes and trends in the position and the way it is coached, that he has worked exclusively with Bill Ranford, who was hired in 2006, is a major boon in establishing consistency.

“Working with him the past 10 years now, he knows me and knows my tendencies and the details at times may start to slip,” Quick said. “He’s kind of on top of it before they start to slip, so it’s a good relationship”

Quick, who missed extended time after suffering groin injuries during the 2013-14 and 2017-18 seasons, and who underwent surgeries after both the 2012 (back) and 2014 (wrist) Cup runs, has spoken with John Stevens about an ideal target number of games for him to start this season but declined to offer details. Monitoring goaltenders is probably more of a topic now than it was when he broke into the league, as he articulated.

“It felt like the mindset around the league was [previously] a little different,” he said. “Obviously you play for different coaches who have different philosophies on that, but at the end of the day, when you get your days of practice you try to make the most of it, and you get as much work in as possible and work hard and get your days to rest. You take advantage of that and make sure your body’s healthy for the next day.”

Jonathan Quick, on the challenges of waiting nearly a week between games to start the season:
You welcome the rest and you try to take advantage of the practice days you have, you know? If you’re lucky enough, come playoff time, to finish a series early and you get that week break, you try to take advantage of that the same way. I don’t see any difference now as opposed to playoff time. You see around the league that coaches are kind of leaning towards rest a little bit more than the work side. Obviously when you do work, you work hard, but everyone’s kind of understanding the rest and taking care of your body and everything like that. If you get the opportunity to do that at the beginning of the season, it’s just as important as it is at the end of the season.

-A quick note: I’ll be taking tomorrow morning off due to personal reasons but will still hope to get a morning skate notes post up. Bear with a delay; that might not come until 1:00 p.m. Let’s talk soon, Insiders.

-Lead photo via Juan Ocampo/NHLI

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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.