October 5 postgame notes - LA Kings Insider

-With the win, Los Angeles improved to 45-84-17 all-time against Philadelphia, a record that includes a home mark of 24-43-8. The Kings improved to 7-3-1 in the last 11 games in the series and 4-7-0 in the last 11 games at Staples Center. These teams will meet next at Wells Fargo Center on December 18.

-Los Angeles improved to 1-0-0 against the Eastern Conference, 1-0-0 against the Metropolitan Division, 1-0-0 in two-goal games, 1-0-0 when tied after one period and 1-0-0 when outshooting their opposition.

-With the win, the Kings improved to 21-20-9 all-time in season openers and 24-18-8 in home openers. Because their previous three season-opening wins took place in overtime or a shootout, the last time the club won a season opener in regulation was the 4-1 win over Anaheim in London to begin the 2007-08 season. Tonight’s win ended a five-game streak of regulation losses in home openers. The last time Los Angeles won a home opener was the 3-2 overtime win over the New York Rangers on October 7, 2011, a game played in Stockholm as part of the NHL Premiere. That technically counted as the 2011-12 home opener, though the team defeated St. Louis 5-0 when returning to Staples Center on October 18, 2011.

-By stopping all 35 shots, Jonathan Quick earned his first shutout of the season and 45th career shutout. It marks the first shutout victory for the Kings in an opening game since the beginning of the 1999-00 season when the Kings shut out the Predators 2-0 in Nashville. The 35 saves in a shutout are tied for Quick’s seventh highest in a shutout (13th time he has earned a shutout when facing a 30-or-more shots).

-Three Kings made their NHL debuts:
Oscar Fantenberg: 17:05 TOI, 3:28 PP TOI, 2:15 SH TOI, +1, 0 shot attempts
Alex Iafallo: 13:13 TOI, 0:52 TOI, 0:27 SH TOI, 2 shot attempts (1 SOG)
Kurtis MacDermid: 8:44 TOI, +1, 2 hits

-Los Angeles attempted 56 shots (27 on goal, 13 blocked, 16 missed). Philadelphia attempted 63 shots (35 on goal, 11 blocked, 17 missed). All Flyers skaters finished with at least one shot on goal. Tyler Toffoli led all skaters with seven shots on goal and 10 shot attempts.

-The Kings won 38-of-73 faceoffs (52%). Adrian Kempe won 2-of-9, Anze Kopitar won 7-of-21, Michael Cammalleri won 2-of-3, Nick Shore won 11-of-17, Trevor Lewis won 1-of-1, Tanner Pearson won 2-of-2 and Jeff Carter won 13-of-20.

The Kings are scheduled to practice at 11:00 a.m. on Friday at Toyota Sports Center.

-Lead photo via Andrew D. Bernstein/NHLI

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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.