Good morning, Nashville - LA Kings Insider

Good morning, Nashville, and good morning, Insiders.

It was a cool and damp night in Nashville on Wednesday with weather not unlike that which blanketed the Southland at the same time. Drizzle fell from an overcast sky with temperatures in the low 50’s, which isn’t uncommon for this time of the year in this part of the country. Other than your one-off games in San Jose or Glendale, this is probably the easiest trip of the entire season to pack for. There are no heavy coats; it might not dip below 70 degrees over the four days we’re in Florida.

We arrived in town late, so there wasn’t any shuffling between Tootsie’s and Legend’s Corner – at least not by anyone staying in this room. If Jim Fox got into a brawl at a hillbilly bar in Murfreesboro, I didn’t hear about it. Some Insider, right?

But because of the late arrival, there’s no landing video. I know this will raise the conspiracy theories that we’re actually playing this game in a sound stage in Burbank, but let me assure you: that is Bridgestone Arena across the street, not an intricately scaled down model of the Predators’ home. You have to trust me on this one.

Kings-Preds! Carl Hagelin? Dmitrij Jaskin? Winds of change are blowing, Insiders. More hyperbole and ferocious blogging to come. Tonight’s game will be broadcast by Alex Faust and Brian Boucher on NBCSN. It’s a busy game day from Music City, 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

Bio

Kempe was selected by the Kings in the first round (29th overall) in the 2014 NHL Draft.
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Alex Iafallo

#19 | 6′ | 185 lb | Age: 23

Born: December 21, 1993
Birthplace: Eden, NY, USA
Position: C
Handedness: Left

Bio

Iafallo was signed by the Kings as an unrestricted free agent on April 18, 2017.
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Anze Kopitar

#11 | 6′ 3″ | 224 lb | Age: 29

Born: August 24, 1987
Birthplace: Jesenice, SVN
Position: C
Handedness: Left

Bio

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.

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Drew Doughty

#8 | 6′ 1″ | 195 lb | Age: 26

Born: December 8, 1989
Birthplace: London, ON, CAN
Position: D
Handedness: Right

Bio

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.

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Jeff Carter

#77 | 6′ 4″ | 215 lb | Age: 31

Born: January 1, 1985
Birthplace: London, ON, CAN
Position: C
Handedness: Right

Bio

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.

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Jonathan Quick

#32 | 6′ 1″ | 218 lb | Age: 30

Born: January 21, 1986
Birthplace: Milford, CT, USA
Position: G
Handedness: Left

Bio

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.

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