December 9 postgame notes - LA Kings Insider

-With the win, Los Angeles improved to 37-29-10 all-time against the Carolina franchise, a record that includes a home mark of 23-12-3. The Kings have won nine of the last 11 home games against the Hurricanes and have scored at least three goals in eight of them.

-With the win, Los Angeles improved to 14-3-0 against the Eastern Conference, 5-0-0 against the Metropolitan Division, 7-5-3 in one-goal games, 11-2-0 when scoring first, 9-1-0 when tied after the first period, 10-1-0 when leading after two periods, 10-5-1 when outshot by their opponent, 4-3 in overtime and 6-3 in games decided past 60 minutes.

-With the win, the Kings extended their season-long winning streak to eight games. It is the longest streak by any team in the NHL this season and the longest by the Kings since Feb. 7-24, 2015 (eight games). It is the fifth eight-game winning streak in team history. The franchise-long winning streak is nine games, set between January 21 and February 6, 2010. Since then, they’ve had two eight-game winning streaks. The first, from February 6 to March 10, 2014, was ended at Staples Center by Toronto, 3-2. The second, from February 7 to 24, 2015, was ended at Staples Center by Ottawa, 1-0.

-With 43 points, Los Angeles is tied for the fourth most points through the first 31 games of the season in franchise history (second time; also 1992-93). The 20 wins are tied for the second most through 31 games in franchise history (last: 2015-16).

-The Kings’ 28 OT wins since the implementation of three-on-three overtime lead the National Hockey League. With a record of 28-10, their .737 winning percentage ranks second behind Calgary’s .759.

-Jonathan Quick stopped 32-of-34 shots to extend his winning streak to six games. He has posted a .955 SV% and a 1.14 GAA during the streak. He also tallied an assist on the game-winning goal.

-Tyler Toffoli (1-1=2) scored his 14th goal of the season, just two goals shy of his total from last season. His goal was the 98th goal of his career, while his assist was the 99th assist of his career.

-Anze Kopitar (1-1=2) registered his 11th multi-point game of the season and extended his point streak to five games (4-6=10). He leads the Kings in goals, assists and points this season.

-Nick Shore played his 200th career game.

-By playing in his 998th career game, Marian Gaborik is two games shy of 1,000 in his career. Barring anything unforeseen, he is projected to reach the 1,000-game milestone Friday at Madison Square Garden against the New York Rangers.

-Los Angeles attempted 43 shots (21 on goal, 11 blocked, 11 missed). Carolina attempted 68 shots (34 on goal, 20 blocked, 14 missed). Elias Lindholm finished with a game-high five shots on goal, while Drew Doughty and Tyler Toffoli led the Kings with four.

-The Kings won 22-of-52 faceoffs (42%). Adrian Kempe won 2-of-5, Anze Kopitar won 7-of-19, Alex Iafallo won 0-of-1, Nick Shore won 5-of-9, Trevor Lewis won 0-of-3, Jussi Jokinen won 3-of-5, Tanner Pearson won 1-of-2 and Torrey Mitchell won 4-of-8.

Sunday, December 10 is an off-day for the Kings. The team is scheduled to practice at Toyota Sports Center at 9:00 a.m. on Monday, December 11 before flying to New Jersey.

-Lead photo via Adam Pantozzi

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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.