Tampa Bay Lightning

The view from Tampa Bay

Tampa Bay Times J.T. Brown one of many impacted by pioneer Willie O'Ree "That's why it's so special - and fitting - to see O'Ree, 81, drop the ceremonial puck today on Martin Luther King Day. Brown, who is not playing due to an upper body injury, hoped to catch up with him." Lightning, minu... Read More

Waking up with the Kings: January 17

Several abbreviated thoughts on Monday’s 2-1 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning: -I understood where Darryl Sutter is coming from when he said “We played a hell of a game,” but I don’t really put a ton of stock into that assessment. On one hand, the Kings were without two-thirds of the Holy Trinity ... Read More

January 16 postgame notes

-With the loss, Los Angeles fell to 13-17-4 all-time against Tampa Bay, a record that includes a home mark of 5-11-2. The Kings’ four-game home winning streak in the series was snapped as they fell to 7-2-1 in their last 10 head-to-head games overall in the all-time series. The Lightning’s previous ... Read More

January 16 scoring chances

Scoring chances from previous games: 11/3 Kings 12, Penguins 10 11/5 Kings 15, Flames 10 11/8 Kings 14, Maple Leafs 5 11/10 Kings 15, Canadiens 15 11/11 Kings 17, Jets 17 11/13 Kings 13, Senators 16 11/15 Kings 14, Avalanche 13 11/17 Kings 17, Oilers 10 11/19 Kings 11, Devils 10 11/20 ... Read More

January 16 postgame quotes: Tampa Bay

Jon Cooper, on his reaction to finding out Hedman would be a scratch during warmups: It’s happened so often this year you kind of don’t blink an eye, but that was unfortunate. But then we found out Kopitar wasn’t playing like two minutes after that. Thought ok, well that’s a one-for-one. You know, ... Read More

Game 44: Los Angeles vs Tampa Bay

Tampa Bay Lightning 2, Los Angeles Kings 1 Final Radio Feed NHL.com Preview Boxscore Ice Tracker SOG: LAK – 32; TBL – 29 PP: LAK – 0/3; TBL – 0/2 First Period 1) LAK - Kyle Clifford (3) (unassisted), 8:33 2) TBL - Tyler Johnson (13) (Jonathan Drouin, Luke Witkowski), 14:33 Second ... Read More

Waking up with the Kings: December 7

The Kings, who swept a four-game home stand against Chicago, Vancouver, Pittsburgh and Tampa Bay, have used a 5-0-1 stretch to open up a seven-point lead in the division and have distanced themselves from a glut of teams fighting for footing in the lukewarm Pacific. Last place Calgary, which “boasts... Read More

December 6 postgame notes

-With the win, Los Angeles improved to 13-16-4 all-time against Tampa Bay, a record that includes a home mark of 5-10-2. The Kings won their fourth straight home game in the series and are 7-1-1 overall in their last nine games against the Lightning. Los Angeles finished the season series with a 1-0... Read More
Alec martinez

#27 | 6′ 1″ | 210 lb | Age: 29

Born: July 26, 1987
Birthplace: Rochester Hills, MI, USA
Position: D
Handedness: Left


Bio: Martinez was drafted by the LA Kings in the 2007 Draft, while playing for Miami University. He has since become a two-time Stanley Cup champion and the 17th man in Stanley Cup playoff history to score the Cup-winning goal in overtime.

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.

Tyler Toffoli

#73 | 6′ 1″ | 200 lb | Age: 24

Born: April 24, 1992
Birthplace: Scarborough, ON, CAN
Position: C
Handedness: Right


Toffoli is a Canadian professional ice hockey forward, drafted by the Kings in the second round of the 2010 Draft. Toffoli scored his first career NHL goal in his second game in a 4–0 victory over the Phoenix Coyotes in 2013. He was also named the 2012–13 AHL All-Rookie Team.

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.