It's a Trap (Game)! Red Hot LA Kings Host Ice Cold Senators - LA Kings Insider

ICYMI: The LA Kings have been on a very impressive run over the past couple of weeks.

In fact, the Kings are 6-0-0 in their past six games. I don’t expect anyone who reads LA Kings Insider dot com to know these types on advanced analytics, but trust me that the math checks out.

That’s the good news.

The bad news is that they play the Ottawa Senators tonight.

The very same Senators that have gone 1-8-1 in their past 10 games and are coming off back-to-back shutout losses to the Winnipeg Jets (Sunday) and Anaheim Ducks (last night).

Ruh roh?

“They [Senators] become a dangerous opponent because instead of being tight, they say: ‘You know what? Let’s just go out and play,'” head coach John Stevens said about the Senators nothing-to-lose mentality.

So what do Stevens and the Kings expect to see out of the Senators coming off last night’s 3-0 loss to the Ducks?

“Usually you get the [opponent’s] best game coming out of this situation,” Stevens said. “I think sometimes back-to-back is good for you. We went into Ottawa (October 24 following a loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs) on a back-to-back and played one of our best games of the year.”

When a team hasn’t scored, we have to focus on ourselves. We have to make sure we’re ready to play off the start and be ready for an elite hockey team.”

Meanwhile, the Senators aren’t making any changes to last night’s lineup:

The Kings are facing a team that hasn’t scored in two games and is starting their backup goalie?
What could go wrong!

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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.