December 5 postgame notes - LA Kings Insider

-With the win, Los Angeles improved to 27-19-14 all-time against Minnesota, a record that includes a home mark of 15-9-6. The win snapped the Wild’s seven-game point streak in the series (5-0-2) and was only the 11th game in the last 27 head-to-head meetings that was not decided by a single goal. These teams have two games remaining, March 19 at Xcel Energy Center and April 5 at Staples Center.

-With the win, the Kings improved to 6-5-3 against the Western Conference, 3-2-1 against the Central Division, 8-1 in three-goal games, 9-6-3 when their opponent scores the first goal, 7-1-0 when tied after the first period, 3-6-3 when trailing after two periods and 9-3-2 when outshooting their opponent.

-With the win, Los Angeles increased its winning streak to six games, their longest streak since November 28 – December 11, 2015 (six games).

-By outscoring the Wild 4-0 in the third period, the Kings increased their league-best third period goal differential to +27 (40 GF, 13 GA).

-Marian Gaborik (2-0=2) scored his 399th and 400th career goals and registered his 799th and 800th NHL points (400-400=800). He has six points (4-2=6) in seven games this season and eight points (5-3=8) in 12 career games against Minnesota, the team that selected him third overall in 2000. The Kings’ first four draft picks that year were Alexander Frolov, Andreas Lilja, Yanick Lehoux and Lubomir Visnovsky.

-Anze Kopitar (1-2=3) recorded his 500th career assist on Marian Gaborik’s 400th career goal. He is the fifth player in Kings history to reach the 500 assist mark with the team. He has six points (3-3=6) during his current three-game point streak, while his 34 points are tied for fifth in the NHL.

-Jake Muzzin (1-1=2) tallied his third goal and 18th point of the season. He scored his 42nd career goal, surpassing Bob Murdoch (41 goals) to move into 10th place all time among club defensemen. He is two goals behind Garry Galley (44) for ninth place all time among club defensemen.

-Drew Doughty, who recorded three assists, surpassed the 20-point mark (4-18=22), most among team-defensemen.

-Los Angeles attempted 53 shots (28 on goal, 13 blocked, 12 missed). Minnesota attempted 43 shots (21 on goal, 11 blocked, 11 missed). Tyler Toffoli led all skaters with five shots on goal, four of which were recorded in the first period.

-The Kings won 34-of-59 faceoffs (58%). Adrian Kempe won 4-of-8, Anze Kopitar won 14-of-24, Nick Shore won 7-of-14, Jussi Jokinen won 3-of-4, Tanner Pearson won 0-of-2 and Torrey Mitchell won 6-of-7.

The Kings are scheduled to practice at 11:00 a.m. at Toyota Sports Center on Wednesday, December 5.

-Lead photo via Adam Pantozzi/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.