December 6: Lineup notes; Scherbak could debut if visa is finalized - LA Kings Insider

INSIDERS. Good morning to you from Toyota Sports Center. I’m about to step into a meeting before heading downtown on a rainy game day, so here’s your quick lineup hit this morning. The LA Kings showed the following alignment in advance of tonight’s game against the New Jersey Devils (7:30 p.m. / FOX Sports West / FOX Sports app / LA Kings Audio Network):



Some quick notes (also Quick notes):

–The vitals: Jonathan Quick was the first goalie off the ice and will be projected to start versus the Devils, against whom he is 4-4-2 in his career with a 2.47 goals-against average and a .913 save percentage. Nikita Scherbak skated to the left of Adrian Kempe and Matt Luff. As of the start of today’s skate, his visa paperwork had not yet been finalized, but that could change later today. “If we get it done, then he’ll be in the lineup. If we don’t, then we won’t. That’s a process, it takes a while, so there’s nothing anybody can do about that. It’s just a process.” Because of the state funeral for President George H.W. Bush yesterday, there weren’t necessarily the same means to facilitate the process as there would be on a typical day. “A lot of the federal agencies were closed down, and that’s certainly something that a person understands and appreciated that,” Desjardins said. “It’s something that’ll just take its process.” If it’s not finalized, then Austin Wagner, who remained on the ice for extra work with Paul LaDue and Cal Petersen, would slot back alongside Kempe and Luff. Meanwhile, Derek Forbort should be ready to go after he was jammed into the end boards while battling with Mario Kempe during Tuesday’s game. Forbort did not skate through the entire practice on Wednesday, per Curtis Zupke.

–Their vitals: New Jersey’s morning skate is just underway; prior to flying to Los Angeles yesterday, they aligned thusly:

There’s no word as of 11:00 a.m. as to who their goaltender will be. Regicide enthusiast Keith Kincaid, who has two shutouts and a .990 save percentage in four career appearances against Los Angeles, has better numbers (9-7-5 / 2.94 / .906) than Cory Schneider (0-5-0 / 4.19 / .862) on the year. New Jersey has lost six straight (0-3-3), alternating losses with overtime losses, but can still slow teams down in transition to force uncontrolled entries. “You see them through the neutral zone, they’re very organized through the neutral zone that’s hard to create speed against. You have to pay attention to it,” Desjardins said. “I think they have lots of guys that work hard, they’ve got good team speed, so that’s always something we have to be aware of and try to find a way to handle. But they’re a good team – I think they’re a little bit of a team where they get on streaks where they play so well, so we just have to make sure we’re ready tonight. I liked our morning skate. I think our focus is good. We should bring a good effort tonight.”

–Tonight’s officials are referees Tom Chmielewski and Francois St. Laurent and linesmen Brandon Gawryletz and Steve Miller. Elliott Yamin will perform the nation anthem. Lots more to come this afternoon after a meeting and what should probably be a hellacious commute. Let’s talk soon, Insiders.

–Lead photo via Andrew D. Bernstein/NHLI

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.