Waking up with the Kings: February 23 - LA Kings Insider

Thursday’s game between the Kings and the Dallas Stars, a 2-0 Stars victory, felt like an old school Western Conference match-up between the two teams. In fact after the game, defenseman Jake Muzzin was asked if he felt like the team was playing a previous version of itself. The checking was tight, the space was limited and ultimately the Stars’ only non empty-net goal came on a deflection following a faceoff win. Dallas beat the Kings in the faceoff circle most of the game, winning 63 percent of their draws to the Kings’ 37 percent. Los Angeles didn’t muster all that much in the second and third periods, firing just 10 shots on goal total. A lot of this had to do with a Stars team that was committed to playing a physical style after losing the first two games of their three-game road-trip by a combined score of 7-2. The Kings are a desperate group trying to make the playoffs, but so are the Stars and you had to expect their best effort. Being shut out is never ideal and as the playoff race heats up, games will get tighter and the Kings will need to figure out how to fight through strong defensive performances like they saw from Dallas.

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In regards to Kings players specifically, forward Tobias Rieder definitely looked like a nice addition. He adds another level of speed to the team and was able to generate scoring chances with his legs. He can be used in a lot of situations, both defensively and offensively, and gives the coaching staff options lineup options based on opponent. Though goaltender Jonathan Quick picked up the loss, he continued his strong play of late. He stopped 26 of 27 shots on goal and has a .939 save percentage in his last seven games played. With Los Angeles trading backup Darcy Kuemper, the Kings are going to need Quick most games down the stretch and since his rough patch in January and early February, Quick has bounced back. Defenseman Drew Doughty played 24:10 and since the Kings’ trade for Dion Phaneuf, Doughty has averaged 24:56 of ice-time per-game. Before the trade he was averaging 26:57 per-game.

Lead photo via Adam Pantozzi/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

Bio

Kempe was selected by the Kings in the first round (29th overall) in the 2014 NHL Draft.
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Alex Iafallo

#19 | 6′ | 185 lb | Age: 23

Born: December 21, 1993
Birthplace: Eden, NY, USA
Position: C
Handedness: Left

Bio

Iafallo was signed by the Kings as an unrestricted free agent on April 18, 2017.
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Anze Kopitar

#11 | 6′ 3″ | 224 lb | Age: 29

Born: August 24, 1987
Birthplace: Jesenice, SVN
Position: C
Handedness: Left

Bio

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.

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Drew Doughty

#8 | 6′ 1″ | 195 lb | Age: 26

Born: December 8, 1989
Birthplace: London, ON, CAN
Position: D
Handedness: Right

Bio

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.

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Jeff Carter

#77 | 6′ 4″ | 215 lb | Age: 31

Born: January 1, 1985
Birthplace: London, ON, CAN
Position: C
Handedness: Right

Bio

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.

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Jonathan Quick

#32 | 6′ 1″ | 218 lb | Age: 30

Born: January 21, 1986
Birthplace: Milford, CT, USA
Position: G
Handedness: Left

Bio

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.

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