January 14: Brodzinski up; Lewis maintenance; two for Cogliano; Muzzin; more - LA Kings Insider

Good afternoon, Insiders. The Kings on Sunday skated at Toyota Sports Center, where forwards were color coded as such:

Gray: Iafallo-Kopitar-Brown
Blue: Pearson-Kempe-Toffoli
Yellow: Andreoff-Shore-Brodzinski
Purple: Gaborik-Clifford-Mitchell-Jokinen


-Trevor Lewis, who weathered a pair of hard hits from Jared Boll and one from Kevin Bieksa in Saturday’s loss, did not practice due to what was described as a maintenance day. Asked whether he’s expected to be available for Monday’s matinee against San Jose, John Stevens said, “we hope so, yeah.”

-Practices the day before afternoon games can often serve as hints towards the following day’s starting goalie, but it’s not completely clear whether the #LAKingsGoalieTweetOff applies. Jonathan Quick was the first goalie off, but neither goalie really lingered on the ice or faced a glut of extra work. A few minutes before Quick left the ice, he spoke with Stevens at center ice.

-Jonny Brodzinski, who was assigned to Ontario at the outset of the bye week, has been recalled. He has six goals and 14 points in 11 games with the Reign, which included two goals and five points in three games over the past week.

-Jake Muzzin (IR/upper-body) is very close, but it’s not yet clear whether he’ll play Monday afternoon.

“I haven’t talked to the trainers yet,” Stevens said. “We got him out there, got him more involved today with the team. Wasn’t a lot of resistance today, but still wanted to just get a feel. I mean, the shooting, twisting, turning, all those different motions that he got put in situations today, we’ll see how he responds.”

Muzzin said that he suffered his injury in the 4-3 win over Vancouver on December 30 and tried to play through it, which he did for a pair of divisional games. He registered assists against Edmonton and Calgary, logging 20:08 and 24:06 in the two games before being placed on IR prior to facing Nashville two Saturdays ago. By sitting out the last two games, his consecutive games played streak ended at 281 games.

“Obviously you want to be healthy and play as many games as you can,” he said. “The training staff and everyone all comes together. It’s a full team effort to keep every one of these guys healthy and it’s on yourself, too. And sometimes fluky injuries are going to happen. When you play physical, and especially in the West there’s a lot of hitting, a lot of tough games, I mean, [stuff’s] going to happen.”

Muzzin said that he’s feeling better than he did yesterday and that the discomfort has been manageable. It now comes down to time, and it’s doesn’t do the team any favors that Monday’s game is a 1:00 p.m. start.

“We’ll wait and see how he is today,” Stevens said. “Sometimes you’ve got to let him get through the day. He feels good now. I’ll check in with him later today and see how he’s doing.”

-Andrew Cogliano’s first period interference minor on Adrian Kempe has resulted in a two-game suspension. It ends his iron man streak at 830 games, the fourth longest consecutive games played streak in NHL history.

Kempe, who left the ice and was checked out by a concussion spotter, returned and finished with just over 11 minutes of ice time. That left the Kings short on centers during a first period stretch of game time that included a power play, but Stevens didn’t have any issues with the match-ups down the middle.

“I thought for the most part we were fine there,” he said. “I don’t think the center ice position was an issue. I thought more of the wall play was an issue for us. I think the wall play in all three zones was the difference in the game, so we’d like to get better in that area, but I think down the middle, Kopi’s Kopi. He’s a star in the league that can match up against anybody, and I think he was ready to go last night.”

-San Jose lined up today with forward groups of Meier-Thornton-Pavelski, Labanc-Couture-Hertl, Boedker-Tierney-Donskoi and Karlsson-Goodrow-Ward up front. Dylan DeMelo, who was on IR with flu-like symptoms, is expected to be activated before tomorrow’s game, per Gideon Rubin of the Associated Press. (If you ever meet Gideon, ask him to list the longest Cal League games he’s ever covered.)

Meanwhile, it appears Paul Martin’s Sharks tenure is reaching a head:

Martin, who has spent time in the AHL on conditioning assignments, has appeared in three games with NHL-San Jose this season but hasn’t played with the big club since December 7.

The Sharks, who were 1-2-2 heading into their bye week, resumed play with a 6-5 overtime win over Arizona on Saturday in which Joonas Donskoi tied the game with 15 seconds remaining and Marc-Edouard Vlasic won it in overtime by crashing the net and pushing a loose Joe Pavelski rebound past Scott Wedgewood.

Via Helene Elliott, Pierre Turgeon was not with the club last night as he traveled to Chicago to watch his son Dominic’s NHL debut with the Detroit Red Wings. The 21-year-old Turgeon, a third round pick by Detroit in 2014, had nine goals and 23 points in 40 games with AHL-Grand Rapids this season.

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-Lead photo via Adam Pantozzi/NHLI

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.