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Waking up with the Kings

Waking up with the Kings: November 11

There’s no life or juju right now with the LA Kings, who had trouble generating and converting higher-danger scoring opportunities for the second consecutive game. Unlike Thursday night, they started slowly, and for the first 10 minutes there wasn’t enough execution to counter a higher-pace Calgary ... Read More

Waking up with the Kings: November 9

After a comfy, cozy landing spot Tuesday night against a reeling Anaheim team beset by injury, the LA Kings faced a tougher nut to crack Thursday against Minnesota. Want to feel not-so-great about your game? Play the Wild, who didn’t allow too many second or third sniffs in front of goal and protect... Read More

Waking up with the Kings: November 7

The LA Kings, who have begun to pick up the pieces after a tumultuous start that shook their foundation from its axis, had a favorable match-up in Willie Desjardins’ first game as head coach. The Anaheim Ducks, in case anyone hadn’t noticed, entered Tuesday’s game reeling under a not-too-different s... Read More

Waking up with the Kings: November 2

Through a futile exercise in repetition, the LA Kings lost the critical moments of the game in a 5-2 home loss to Philadelphia in which they failed to score during 1:38 of a first period 5-on-3 with the game scoreless and allowed a go-ahead second period goal only 49 seconds after registering an equ... Read More

Waking up with the Kings: October 29

In an equinox of offense, the LA Kings fell into several familiar traps Sunday afternoon at Staples Center but banked on two power play goals and two rush goals to will out a much-needed win. As much as this team could use some juju – they’re in last place in the West and Jonathan Quick is hurt – th... Read More

Waking up with the Kings: October 26

Two games, two more losses for an LA Kings team that had a closed-door meeting last Saturday and delivered a pair of road performances in which they sharpened their competitive level – as well as the clarity that this is going to be one tough slog of a year. In a game that didn’t see any real surplu... Read More

Waking up with the Kings: October 24

The LA Kings played a better road game in Dallas on Tuesday but again surrendered an early goal, chased the game and lost 4-2 to a team that played with better detail. Though the effort can’t be faulted – Los Angeles controlled the puck and generated both a higher quality and quantity of scoring cha... Read More

Waking up with the Kings: October 21

Why add anything when this piece by Helene pretty much nails it down to the punctuation? Recounting Saturday’s game isn’t too important at a micro level; again, it’s not hard to start thinking in broader themes. For a team that takes so much pride in preparation, approach and execution, how do inves... Read More

Waking up with the Kings: October 19

If there were any questions about the direction of the 2018-19 LA Kings, and whether to put more value in the gravitational pull of a mistake-prone 2-3-1 start or the understanding that key personnel are out of action, the Kings were out-played and out-worked at home in an alarming loss Thursday nig... Read More

Waking up with the Kings: October 16

Well, there are several forces in play here. There’s one in which the LA Kings have opened the year 0-for-21 on the power play, a surprising 12-for-17 on the penalty kill and sport a minus-four goal differential with a possession rate in the red. There’s another in which 11 days of the season have e... Read More

Waking up with the Kings: October 14

The power play, it has been said, can help teams win hockey games. In an ugly 5-1 loss to Ottawa on Saturday, it was among the factors to lose the LA Kings a game. Though there were clear and present challenges in a first period in which the team fell behind, 3-0, there were actually several constru... Read More

Waking up with the Kings: October 12

Thursday’s win at Montreal – the LA Kings’ 12th in 73 visits – wasn’t exactly a frameable, pristine performance, but it did reflect a step forward after a recent step back in Winnipeg, and during a span in which the Kings are down four players they expected to open the season with, including two who... Read More

Waking up with the Kings: October 10

In what was shaping up as a near-carbon copy of their last visit to Winnipeg, an undermanned L.A. Kings team took a lead at the Bell MTS Centre before having to hold on for dear life and losing their grip in a game in which the ice was tilted without much of a slope over the final 10 minutes of the ... Read More
Jake Muzzin

#6 | 6′ 3″ | 216 lb | Age: 27

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


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.

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.