Quick practice notes; line rushes - LA Kings Insider

INSIDERS. Thank you for your patience. We, too, needed some patience during last night’s game, as if often the case at neutral-site exhibitions. It’s very, very easy to be numbed by the logistical immediacy presented by the streamlined efforts of an NHL arena and modern public relations staff; we take for granted how so many disparate parts work in concert so that we may do our jobs. Sometimes, especially in the preseason and in the irregular outposts, such luxuries are temporarily halted, and you roll with the punches. Last night’s game was a great preseason event, and I’m not saying this as any sort of yardbarker. This was a crowd that was very, very happy to have hockey in Salt Lake City on a Monday. Apparently they were still selling walk-up tickets in the second period. It was a partisan Kings crowd that cheered Trevor Lewis and Daniel Brickley and interestingly got great mileage out of the Kiss Cam. We know this, because we sat among the crowd on a perch above the goal the Kings shot at twice. It was a reconfigured seating section and comfortable, though sadly had only one power strip for the media corps. With its cord stretched taut, my power supply was damaged when another reporter leaned back in his chair, and by the time the previous story posted, my computer was out of juice. There’s no real end or payoff to this story; it just kind of fizzles. But it partially explains why the first post of the day comes so late, and for that I thank you for your patience.

After touching down at midnight, the Kings practiced at 11:00 a.m. at Toyota Sports Center yesterday and showed no changes to yesterday’s lines. All healthy skaters took the ice.

Gray: Iafallo-Kopitar-Brown
White: Kempe-Carter-Kovalchuk
Blue: Pearson-Amadio-Toffoli
Yellow: Clifford-Thompson-Lewis
Purple: Wagner-Anderson-Dolan-Etem

My next longform piece: Why is Tyler Toffoli always assigned a blue practice jersey?

Jonathan Quick, Jack Campbell and Cal Petersen shared the creases. I’ll share some bullet points and observations from John Stevens shortly, but several things to pass along from the Kings coach: The team hopes to get Derek Forbort (back) into a game this week. They also have a week-long cushion before their first game on October 5 and won’t get him into a game just for the sake of getting him into a game, as Stevens put it. But there’s hope that he’ll get into at least one game this week. Gabe Vilardi (back) skated in a track suit after practice but wasn’t handling pucks. Stevens liked the entire lineup yesterday and paid notice to the energy supplied by the Clifford-Thompson-Lewis line both last night and today. More on this to come.

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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.