WATCH: Rookie Game vs. Anaheim - Live Stream, Live Blog - LA Kings Insider

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The Kings take on Anaheim at 5 PM today to kick off the 2018 Rookie Faceoff – Stay tuned here for a live blog throughout the game and a live stream, featuring Jon Rosen and Daryl Evans on the call, will be embedded below once we get closer to puck drop.

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Third Period
20:00 – Third period is a go. Goaltenders remain the same, Kings need a pair to tie.
19:14 – Kings Goal – Mark Rassell buries a 2-on-1 feed from Jaret Anderson-Dolan as that line (also includes Mikey Eyssimont) gets its second goal of the evening. Kings back to within one.
16:56 – Kings back to the man advantage as Alex Dostie sits for tripping.
14:41 – Kings sustain a lot of pressure on the PP but don’t really get too much going in terms of chances. At the other end, Villalta makes the save of the evening as he sprawls from right-to-left and makes a really nice glove save to keep his team within a goal.
13:57 – Ducks Goal – Lundestrom gets his second tally of the evening as he knocks home a loose puck from close range. 4-2 Anaheim.
13:34 – Morrison sits for tripping, caught Groulx’s leg with his own as they skated towards each other in the LA offensive end.
12:56 – Ducks Goal – Ducks make it five as they convert on the power play. Max Comtois gets the goal while Steel collects another assist.
10:58 – The first sort of scrap of the game. Imama and Larsson get tangled up in the corner after racing down a close icing play. A couple of glove-on punches thrown, both penalized, Imama gets the extra 2.
6:55 – Ducks Goal – Ducks get their sixth of the evening just after the Imama penalty had been killed off. Shots are even at 34 but Anaheim has the four-goal lead.
5:11 – Ducks Goal – Anaheim scores again as Jack Kopacka finishes off a nice individual effort. He willed his way past a pair of LA defensemen and chipped the puck past Villalta. Now 7-2.
4:14 – Ducks Goal – Well this one was just unlucky. Benoit’s shot from the point deflects off of a Kings shinpad and boucnes past Villalta. 8-2 Anaheim.
2:38 – Kings Goal – Anderson-Dolan continues his hot night with his second goal and third point of the evening. Certainly a bright spot for the Kings in this one. Rassell collects another assist on the play.
0:00 – FINAL – Ducks 8, Kings 3. The Kings are at it again tomorrow against the Arizona Coyotes at 3 PM.

Second Period
20:00 – The second period is underway. Villalta and Eriksson Ek still between the pipes for their respective teams.
19:43 – 17 seconds in and the Ducks nearly tie the game – Troy Terry’s shot squeezed through Villalta’s five hole but Reddekopp whacked the puck off the line to clear the danger.
18:55 – Ducks Goal – Now the Ducks do tie the game. Isac Lundestrom beats Villalta high on the glove side off the rush. 1-1.
16:32 – Larsson hammers a one-timer from the high slot that beats Villalta but rings off the iron. One goal and now one post apiece early in the second.
15:09 – Ducks Goal – Ducks take their first lead of the evening as forward Deven Sideroff gets the goal via a redirect. Fiore gets the lone assist.
14:05 – Kings back to the man advantage as Steel sits for high sticking. Penalty came in the Anaheim offensive zone after the Kings were pinned in deep.
12:57 – Strand feeds Clague, who walks in from the left point and fires a slap shot off the post and out of play. Second post of the game for the Kings, third overall between the two teams.
9:30 – Thomas flips the puck into the stands from his defensive zone, which generates the first Anaheim power play of the evening as we reach the mid-period ice cleaning.
7:02 – Kings kill off the first penalty, really with little threat against, however Rymsha heads to the box shortly after for holding.
6:41 – Wagner uses his speed again to create a breakaway but his backhand-to-forehand move is stopped.
6:08 – Ducks Goal – Anaheim cashes in on the power play as defenseman Josh Mahura scores his first goal of the game. Highly-touted Ducks prospect Sam Steel gets the lone assist.
3:01 – Wagner hits Luff for a breakaway down the right wing but his wrister from close range his kicked aside by Eriksson Ek.
0:00 – Second period ends. 3-1 Ducks.

First Period
20:00 – The puck is dropped and hockey is back!
16:00 – Wagner uses his speed to create a chance down the left wing – His shot beats Eriksson-Ek but hits the left post and bounces out. Best chance of the game to date.
11:40 – Anaheim with a few chances from the outside, nothing Grade A – Villalta with seven saves through the first 8:20.
9:58 – Mid-period ice shovel. Shots on goal are 9-4 in favor of Anaheim, but chances feel pretty even.
8:00 – Anderson-Dolan with some nice work below the goal line. Made a few Anaheim defensemen miss along the board before his backhanded effort was kicked aside by Eriksson-Ek. Shots now nearly even at 9 apiece.
7:29 – First penalties of the game – Rymsha and Hults sit with matching roughing minors. 4-on-4 action for two minutes……Kings appear to open the scoring just 12 seconds later as Luff’s shot goes in but goal is ruled back as net was off.
2:16 – Kings now get the first powerplay of the evening as Sideroff heads to the box. PP unit is Thomas-Rempal-Morrison-Clague-Strand.
0:07 – Kings Goal – Jaret Anderson-Dolan opens the scoring for the Kings – Fired a wrist shot shortside high over Eriksson Ek’s left shoulder. 1-0 LA through 20 minutes, shots are even at 14 at the break.
0:00 – First period ends – 1-0 Kings.

Pre-Game Notes
– As previously reported, the Kings will be without three of their top prospects for tonight’s game as Gabriel Vilardi (injury), Daniel Brickley (personal) and Rasmus Kupari (spending season in Europe).
CLICK HERE for Jon’s notes from Day 1 of rookie camp, held with two on-ice sessions yesterday in El Segundo.
– Forward Phillipe Maillet will wear the “C” tonight while forward Matt Luff and defenseman Sean Walker will wear the “A” – All three skated last season in the AHL with Ontario.

Kings Lines

Wagner – Maillet – Luff
Morrison – Thomas – Rempal
Eyssimont – Anderson-Dolan – Rassell
Imama – Rymsha – Watson

Clague – Strand
Moverare – Phillips
Reddekopp – Walker

Villalta
Kehler

Anaheim Lineup

Forwards
Max Comtois
Alex Dostie
Giovanni Fiore
Benoit-Olivier Groulx
Mitch Hults
Jack Kopacka
Isac Lundestrom
Antoine Morand
Kiefer Sherwood
Devan Sideroff
Sam Steel
Troy Terry

Defensemen
Simon Benoit
Hunter Drew
Chris Forney
Jacob Larsson
Josh Mahura
Marcus Pettersson

Goalies
Lukas Dostal
Olle Eriksson Ek

Photos




Kevin Gravel

#4 | 6′ 4″ | 200 lb | Age: 24

Born: DOB: 2/17/1996
Birthplace: KINGSFORD, MI
Position: D

Bio

Gravel made his NHL debut with Los Angeles in the 2015-16 season, skating with the Kings for four games before returning to AHL affiliate Ontario.
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Rob Scuderi

#0 | 6′ 1″ | 212 lb | Age: 37

Born: DOB: 12/30/1978
Birthplace: SYOSSET, NY
Position: D
Handedness: Left

Bio

Scuderi is currently playing for the Reign while under contract with the LA Kings. He has won two Stanley Cups, once with the Pittsburgh Penguins and with the Kings.
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Michael Mersch

#27 | 6′ 1″ | 225 lb | Age: 24

Born: DOB: 10/2/1992
Birthplace: PARK RIDGE, IL
Position: LW
Handedness: Left

Bio

Drafted by the Kings in 2011, Mersch is currently playing forward for the Reign. Last season, he drew into his first NHL game for the Kings, where he registered 2 shots and 3 hits.
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Michael Latta

#24 | 6′ 0″ | 207 lb | Age: 25

Born: 5/25/1991
Birthplace: KITCHENER, ON
Position: F
Handedness: Right

Bio

Prior to turning professional, Latta played major junior hockey in the OHL with the Ottawa 67’s and Guelph Storm. He was drafted into the NHL in 2009 and joined the King’s affiliate Reign in 2016.
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Adrian Kempe

#09 | 6′ 1″ | 187 lb | Age: 20

Born: 9/13/1996
Birthplace: KRAMFORS,SWEDEN
Position: LW
Handedness: Left

Bio

Growing up in Swedan, Kempe made his hockey debut in 2014 in the Swedish Hockey League. He has since been drafted by the Kings, where he is playing for their AHL affiliate team, the Ontario Reign.
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Brett Sutter

#07 | 6′ 0″ | 192 lb | Age: 29

Born: 6/2/1987
Birthplace: CALGARY, AB
Position: C

Bio

Drafted in 2005 by the Calgary Flames, Sutter was traded to the Reign in 2016. He is the son of LA Kings head couch Darryl Sutter, and the eighth member of the Sutter family to play in the NHL.
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