October 15 lineup notes; Carolina scouting report - LA Kings Insider

A fine morning to you from El Segundo, where hidden secrets are everywhere. The LA Kings took the TSPC ice shortly before 11:30 a.m. and aligned thusly:



Quick notes for the upcoming Justin Williams Bowl:

— Jack Campbell left the ice first and is projected to draw the start versus Carolina (7:30 p.m. / FOX Sports West / FOX Sports GO / LA Kings Audio Network), against whom he stopped all 14 third period shots in place of Jonathan Quick during Los Angeles’ 6-1 loss at Raleigh on February 26. That was his only career appearance against the Canes, who have one win in their last eight trips to Downtown Los Angeles – a 3-1 win behind a pair of Derek Ryan goals on December 8, 2016. Prior to that game, Carolina’s last win in L.A. was a 3-2 triumph on December 5, 2005, a game in which Justin Williams scored for the visitors and the only current active players who participated were Dustin Brown and Eric Staal.

Carl Grundstrom, Tobias Bjornfot and Kurtis MacDermid remained on the ice with Jonathan Quick and are not expected to play tonight.

— More on the Hurricanes’ lineup will follow, but here’s a scouting report on a team that’s detail-driven, positionally sound, and most of all, “fast,” as Todd McLellan shared.

“Volume-shooting, fast, they stretch the ice out. There’s no dip in their play from line-to-line. It’s just repetitive, one after another. We will be tested tonight. We know that, we understand that and our pace of play will be tested, our positioning will be tested. But that’s good for us, we need it. Let’s find out where we are against this speed and pace and see if it dictates where we go in practice.”

Carolina enters 5-1-0 and begins a California three-in-four that continues tomorrow night in San Jose. They’re coming off their first loss of the season, a 3-2 home setback to Columbus on Saturday.

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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.