December 12 postgame notes - LA Kings Insider

-With the loss, Los Angeles fell to 55-32-15 all-time against the New Jersey franchise, a record that includes a road mark of 24-21-7. The Kings fell to 5-2-1 in their last eight visits to the Prudential Center. The teams’ next meeting will be March 17 at Staples Center.

-With the loss, Los Angeles fell to 14-4-0 against the Eastern Conference, 5-1-0 against the Metropolitan Division, 8-2 in games decided by three or more goals, 9-7-3 when their opponent scores first, 5-6-3 when trailing after the first period, 3-7-3 when trailing after two periods and 10-6-1 when outshot by their opponents.

-The Kings’ eight game winning streak and nine-game point streak were snapped. Since establishing a franchise record with a nine-game winning streak between January 21 and February 6, 2010, the Kings have lost three straight games when trying to extend eight-game streaks to nine-game streaks. The first streak, from February 6 to March 10, 2014, was ended at Staples Center by Toronto, 3-2. The second streak, from February 7 to 24, 2015, was ended at Staples Center by Ottawa, 1-0. The team’s previous loss was the 3-2 overtime loss in Arizona on November 24, while the previous regulation loss was the 2-1 defeat to Winnipeg at Staples Center on November 22. The eight-game streak was the longest winning streak in the NHL this season. The loss also snapped a four-game road winning streak.

-Los Angeles has allowed power play goals in three straight games for the third time this season. Prior to tonight, they had allowed power play goals in back-to-back games only twice.

-The Kings’ streak of scoring at least three goals was snapped at seven games.

-Los Angeles’ 17 shots on goal were a season-low. The previous low was 20, set in a 4-0 win versus Florida on November 18.

-The Kings out-hit the Devils, 47-34. Trevor Lewis recorded a game-high eight hits, while Jake Muzzin was credited with seven.

-Marian Gaborik played his 999th career game.

-Anze Kopitar’s five-game point streak and four-game assist streak was snapped in the loss.

-Tanner Pearson’s two-game goal streak was snapped in the loss.

-In his return to the lineup, Kyle Clifford recorded three hits and was a minus-one in 9:22 of action.

-Los Angeles attempted 34 shots (17 on goal, 10 blocked, 7 missed). New Jersey attempted 45 shots (26 on goal, 10 blocked, 9 missed). Brian Gibbons finished with a game-high four shots on goal, while Torrey Mitchell led L.A. with three shots.

-The Kings won 22-of-51 faceoffs (43%). Adrian Kempe won 2-of-6, Anze Kopitar won 9-of-20, Kyle Clifford won 0-of-1, Nick Shore won 5-of-14, Tanner Pearson won 0-of-1 and Torrey Mitchell won 6-of-9.

-Lead photo via Andy Marlin/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.