Morning Skate Notes: Kuemper Could Possibly, Maybe Start Against Senators - LA Kings Insider

The LA Kings are back in action tonight (FOX Sports West / FOX Sports GO / KABC 790 / I Heart Radio) against the Ottawa Senators at STAPLES Center, and there’s no real reason to mess with a winning formula.

Lines and pairings:

Iafallo – Kopitar – Brown
Pearson – Shore – Toffoli
Gaborik – Kempe – Lewis
Brodzinski – Mitchell – Jokinen
Clifford – Andreoff – Dowd

Muzzin – Doughty
MacDermid – Martinez
Forbort – Folin


OK, so potentially ONE lineup change: Darcy Kuemper left the ice first, but head coach John Stevens would neither confirm nor deny that he will start tonight.

“[Kuemper] is going to play this week,” Stevens said. “I think he’s played really well.”

While I cannot decipher riddles, Kuemper did face the Senators earlier this season, a 3-2 shootout win for the Kings.

Kuemper turned aside 28 of 30 shots in the game, and stopped both shootout attempts.

Thank you based Kempe.

For his career, Kuemper is 2-1-0 with a 1.91 GAA and .939 SV% in three games against the Senators.

Meanwhile, Jonathan Quick has a 5-4-0 record with a 2.58 GAA and .903 SV% in nine career starts against those #PeskySens.

Nic Dowd, Oscar Fantenberg and the players on injured reserve remained on the ice for some extra work, so they’re not expected to get into tonight’s game.

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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.