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Waking up with the Kings: February 18

Hello Insiders and good morning after what was a strong all-around victory by the Kings in beating the Buffalo Sabres 4-2 in Buffalo yesterday. The cynic may say that the Kings – a team with playoff aspirations – should beat the Sabres, the team with the worst record in the Eastern Conference. But i... Read More

Waking up with the Kings: February 16

Last night’s game for the Kings was far better than their previous contest against the Carolina Hurricanes, but ultimately the end result was the same in a 3-1 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins. Goaltender Jonathan Quick was excellent with 36 saves but the offense couldn’t figure out a way to get more... Read More

Waking up with the Kings: February 14

Good morning Insiders, and Happy Valentine’s Day. So about last night’s game … it would be an understatement to say that wasn’t the result the Kings wanted, losing 7-3 at the Carolina Hurricanes. The seven goals they gave up were the most they had allowed all season. They let the Hurricanes pounce e... Read More

Waking up with the Kings: February 11

Last night the Kings played a solid road-game, had a dominant third period but fell short against the Tampa Bay Lightning, losing 4-3. In some sense the game provided some optimism because the Kings battled back from down 4-1 – and also down a forward because Dustin Brown received a five minute majo... Read More

Waking up with the Kings: February 10

The Kings started out their seven-game road-trip on the right foot by playing solid all-around hockey in a 3-1 win over the Florida Panthers. After Florida scored the first goal of the game, the Kings kept them at bay, and Jonathan Quick was superb with 35 saves. It was Quick’s first win since Jan. ... Read More

Waking up with the Kings: February 8

Good morning Insiders. The Kings are traveling most of the day to Sunrise, Fla. in advance of Friday’s game at the Florida Panthers to start a seven-game road-trip. It should be a happy flight for the team considering its 5-2 win Wednesday against the Edmonton Oilers. The Kings were challenged in th... Read More

Waking up with the Kings: February 4

Good morning everyone. Josh Cooper here, ready to keep Jon Rosen’s seat warm as he does Olympic broadcast work. I’ll do my best to provide you as much coverage as possible on the team … and also I will definitely be on the lookout for Munters when I’m on the road. Leading up to the Kings' 6-0 win ov... Read More

Waking up with the Kings: February 2

After a strong five-minute stretch to open Thursday’s game in which Jonathan Quick was sharp, denying Kyle Turris on a three-on-two and Craig Smith’s redirect bid, the Kings earned an early power play on a Yannick Weber interference penalty. They generated negative value on the man advantage as Drew... Read More

Waking up with the Kings: January 31

In preparation for the Dallas game, there were several statistics that depicted a very interesting turnaround that shouldn’t have been completely unexpected in the first season under Ken Hitchcock. The Stars, with the Bruins and Avalanche (and the Golden Knights, who don’t really lose that often), w... Read More

Waking up with the Kings: January 25

Several abbreviated observations from Wednesday’s 2-1 overtime win at Calgary: -The broadcasters spoke with John Stevens prior to Wednesday’s game, and he was asked about indications early in games that the team was committed to playing the right type of emotionally involved hockey in the “hard a... Read More

Waking up with the Kings: January 24

Games like Tuesday’s 6-2 loss to non-playoff bound Vancouver have the ability to replace measured and concise morning-after analysis with that which is derived from the more primitive centers of the limbic system. The amygdalae currently want to know how a team with a veteran, championship-experienc... Read More

Waking up with the Kings: January 22

At the end of the first period, with the Kings trailing the Rangers, 2-0, and as the final moments of the Adrian Kempe-Trevor Lewis-Brendan Smith-Tony DeAngelo feud died down, Jonathan Quick stood at the gate to the team’s bench and, while casting his gaze towards the near-opposite side of the red l... Read More

Waking up with the Kings: January 16

In an ominous performance that was more reminiscent of their late-season 2016-17 drop off than some of the more familiar outings in which they played well but were felled by mistakes, or untimely goaltending, or one of the yesteryear possession demonstrations in which they played well but simply cou... Read More
Jake Muzzin

#6 | 6′ 3″ | 216 lb | Age: 27

Born: Feb 21, 1989
Birthplace: Woodstock, ON, CAN
Position: D
Handedness: Left

Bio

Muzzin was drafted in 2007 by the Pittsburgh Penguins, before signing to the Kings in 2010. He has since become the first Woodstock, Ontario professional athlete to win a major sports trophy.
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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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Tyler Toffoli

#73 | 6′ 1″ | 200 lb | Age: 24

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

Bio

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.
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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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