March 30 postgame notes - LA Kings Insider

-With the overtime loss, Los Angeles fell to 60-51-26 all-time against Anaheim, a record that includes a road mark of 24-30-15. The Kings finished the season series against the Ducks with a 2-2-1 record, with three of the five games going to overtime. Los Angeles has not won the season series from the Ducks since 2012-13, when they went 2-1-1 and Anaheim was 2-2-0. 17 of the last 24 games between the teams have been decided by one goal. Though the teams combined for 137 penalty minutes through the first four games of the season series, the only penalty assessed was a delay of game – puck over the glass minor on Alec Martinez. The Kings finished the season with a 13-11-5 record against the Pacific Division.

-With the overtime loss, Los Angeles fell to 22-18-7 against the Western Conference, 13-11-8 in one-goal games, 23-3-4 when scoring first, 17-3-3 when leading after the first period, 12-5-3 when tied after the second period, 10-8 in games decided past regulation and finished 8-4-3 in March.

-The Kings fell to 8-7 in games decided in overtime in 2017-18 and 32-14 since the switch to the 3-on-3 format prior to 2015-16. Their 32 wins and .696 winning percentage lead the league over that span. Overtime game-winners against the Kings have been scored by Ryan O’Reilly, John Moore, Jaden Schwartz, Esa Lindell, Mikael Granlund, TJ Brodie, Shea Theodore, Sean Monahan, Viktor Arvidsson, Christian Fischer, Jordan Eberle, David Perron, Kyle Connor and Rickard Rakell.

-With a 1-for-1 performance, the Kings have killed off 31 of 32 penalties since the Chicago game on March 3, including a string of 20 successful kills over the last eight games. They lead the league with an 85.1% penalty killing percentage.

-With his first period assist, Anze Kopitar became the eighth King to record 90 points in a season and the first since Wayne Gretzky, who recorded 130 points in 1993-94. He edged past Ziggy Palffy (89 points) and Luc Robitaille (88 points), who neared 90 in 2000-01. He has 66 points (24-42=66) in 64 career games against Anaheim.

-Derek Forbort logged 26:44, the second highest TOI of his career (26:52; January 1, 2018, 4-2 W vs NYR).

-Los Angeles attempted 51 shots (29 on goal, 12 blocked, 10 missed). Anaheim attempted 71 shots (33 on goal, 18 blocked, 20 missed). Tyler Toffoli and Jakob Silfverberg tied with a game-high six shots on goal.

-The Kings won 20-of-52 faceoffs (38%). Adrian Kempe won 0-of-1, Anze Kopitar won 9-of-20, Trevor Lewis won 2-of-4, Nate Thompson won 4-of-9, Michael Amadio won 2-of-4, Torrey Mitchell won 1-of-4, Tyler Toffoli won 0-of-1 and Jeff Carter won 2-of-9.

Saturday, March 31 is an off-day for the team. The Kings are scheduled to practice next on Sunday, April 1 at 10:00 a.m. at Toyota Sports Center.

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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.