Good morning, Edmonton - LA Kings Insider

Good morning, Edmonton, good morning, Insiders, and good morn to you, final stop of the final road trip of the 2017-18 regular season. (No, we’re not counting one-offs in Anaheim as road trips.)

The Kings, who departed Denver shortly after 1:00 p.m. and touched down in Edmonton some two-plus hours later, have managed their rest well on this trip. There haven’t been practices on the two most recent travel days, and instead, the team will get back on the ice this morning with urgency amidst a compacting playoff group that probably shed Dallas last night after Boston’s impressive two-goal third period comeback. Calgary hasn’t technically been eliminated, but they’re officially-not-officially out. It’s essentially a game of musical chairs, with one of Los Angeles, Minnesota, St. Louis, Colorado or Anaheim finishing below the bar and without a dance partner.

Eight p.m. local start tonight, Insiders. Coupled with the long drive to the airport, the likeliness that the plane will have to be de-iced (it’s mostly clear, but is expected to be 23 degrees at 11:00 p.m.) and clearing customs, the team is potentially looking at one of the latest arrivals at LAX of the season. More importantly will be what transpires in the several hours prior. Connor McDavid is, not surprisingly, playing terrific hockey and spearheading a potent line that has seen Ryan Nugent-Hopkins ably move to his left and a resurgent Ty Rattie provide effective minutes to his right as he auditions for an NHL role next season.

It’s another compelling game tonight, Insiders. Thank you for reading. Let’s talk soon.

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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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