Good morning, Nashville - LA Kings Insider

Good morning, Nashville, and good morning, Insiders.

So! The second day of the first back-to-back of the season is upon us. Generally, on the eve of the schedule release, these are the things I ask SCHEDULOR, Benevolent NHL Scheduling Deity:

1. Where am I for my wife’s birthday and Valentine’s Day? (Thank you for reading this, honey.)
2. When are we in Eastern Canada? Please let the back-to-back be in Ottawa and not Toronto or Montreal.
3. When is the New York trip?
4. Are we in Winnipeg when it’s only unpleasantly cold, or bone-chillingly cold?
5. When are our Nashville trips? Please let us have a night there.

There are also several other considerations. Arizona used to have Saturday home games at 6:00 p.m., which, when you gain that hour flying back, makes you feel like you’ve bypassed the space-time continuum and returned home before you actually left. Those are some good nights of sleep. And coincidentally, the Kings’ two visits to Las Vegas this year are both on the second nights of back-to-backs, which means that all four regular season games between the teams have come on the second half of those sets. No biggie; if you’re an Angeleno, the chances are you’ve been to Vegas a million times.

But this is a Nashville trip on the second night of a back-to-back, which, aw shucks. We’ve been here a ton, so it’s all good – we’ll also be back with a night to spare in February – but we do miss out on some fine dining options that have made this city probably the league’s most excellent dining city, per capita. We eat very well here, but there won’t be any trips to Silo or Husk or any hot chicken establishments because, you know, it’s tough to squeeze that in on a game day. (And it’s also tough to squeeze into your clothes after you’ve been to Hattie B’s.)

We’re heading over to the rink shortly to hear from Dion Phaneuf about playing in his 1,000th NHL game. Let’s give a silver stick tap to Dion tonight and when we return for a special pre-game ceremony at Staples Center next Wednesday. It’s a beautiful game day in Tennessee, Insiders. 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


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.