Line rushes vs Vegas; Kovalchuk back on skates soon; game on NHL Network - LA Kings Insider

The LA Kings face the Vegas Golden Knights at 7:30 p.m. tonight at Staples Center and showed this alignment at today’s morning skate:

Iafallo-Kopitar-Brown
Grundstrom-Amadio-Wagner
M. Kempe-Lizotte-Toffoli
Clifford-Prokhorkin-Lewis
Anderson-Dolan-A. Kempe-Carter

Ryan-Doughty
Martinez-Roy
Bjornfot-Walker
MacDermid-Clague
(Hutton/LaDue)

Quick
Campbell

— I didn’t see Ben Hutton at first but then, there he was, like an El Segundo oasis. I’m not sure if he joined the group late or if my eyes were lazy, but he was wearing #15 and was an extra. How far behind is he? “Only five days,” according to McLellan. “I think it’s five now, and veteran players that have played in the league, they already have that sense of time and space and nerves and what it’s going to feel like to play in a building, so he’s got that under his belt already. The big thing for him is getting his personal life in order here – finding comfort in the community, finding somewhere to live, and do all that type of stuff so that’s put aside by the time the regular season starts. He’s probably behind in that area. The hockey concepts he’ll catch up real quick.” More to come from Todd and Ben.

— Paul LaDue (knee) joined the group late but is expected to get into preseason games, as shared yesterday by McLellan.

— Ilya Kovalchuk’s dealing with something minor. “He’s getting treatments right now and hopefully he’ll be back on the ice in the next day or two,” McLellan said.

— Jonathan Quick left the ice first and is the presumed starter against the Golden Knights. Oscar Dansk will start for Vegas, per Ben Gotz of the Review-Journal.

— Multiple defensive pairs left the ice at the same time, so it wasn’t possible to get clarity on what tonight’s defensive rotation will look like.

— PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE STOP ASKING US. RATHER, GET THIS TATTOOED ON YOUR ARM:

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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