Waking up with the Kings

Carolina Hurricanes v Los Angeles Kings

Waking up with the Kings: December 9

It’s always a treat when the Carolina Hurricanes visit Staples Center and Dieter Ruehle dusts off Brass Bonanza, the Hartford Whalers’ unofficial anthem, for the only time of the year. He did so twice on Thursday – once as part of his doors-opening medley, and once again in the first period before s... Read More
Montreal Canadiens v Los Angeles Kings

Waking up with the Kings: December 5

It’s easy to think of Saturday’s shootout loss to the Canadiens as another anomalous performance, one in which the strange juju of the Arizona game seeped into the weekend, but really, other than a mix-up up or two in coverage and intermittent loose play, Los Angeles was fine at home and showed good... Read More
San Jose Sharks v Los Angeles Kings

Waking up with the Kings: December 1

Regardless of the direction of play for most of the game, or the Kings’ push during key stretches, or a very strong second period, the downfall of Los Angeles’ 4-1 loss to San Jose on Wednesday was the result of the sloppy beginning and end to a first period in which the visitors ruthlessly turned t... Read More
Chicago Blackhawks v Los Angeles Kings

Waking up with the Kings: November 27

Other than a bizarrely ineffective first period power play and a jointly conservative third period that reduced the game to a number of icings and stoppages, the Kings and Blackhawks played a tight game sustained by a good pace and high-quality goaltending that was ultimately won when Jeff Carter’s ... Read More
New York Islanders v Los Angeles Kings

Waking up with the Kings: November 24

Virtually all beat writers keep a journal or a word document or some sort of scratchpad to collect thoughts and assorted notes that might be used in that night’s game story or saved for some project down the road. Through a good 45 minutes of game action Wednesday night, the #21/10H / LAK vs NYI / 1... Read More
Los Angeles Kings v  Anaheim Ducks

Waking up with the Kings: November 21

Without the services of a number of key players, the Los Angeles Kings stuck to their tried and true style of play and emerged from Orange County with an emotional and gutsy 3-2 win that rode the Jeff Carter line for the first 40 minutes and Peter Budaj for the final 20 against an opponent both flat... Read More
New Jersey Devils v Los Angeles Kings

Waking up with the Kings: November 20

Amongst the teams that play with excellent structure, there are three – New Jersey, Minnesota and Los Angeles – that, when facing one another, tend to avoid any sort of gripping, chance-tradey theatre of offense. These games are often tight-checking, closer-to-the-vest affairs, and in a 1:00 p.m. no... Read More
Edmonton Oilers v Los Angeles Kings

Waking up with the Kings: November 18

Darryl Sutter noted on Thursday that the team needed goals, not just scoring chances. “You’ve got to go past saying, ‘I’ve got the chances,’ or ‘I’ve got the shots,’ or ‘I’m getting them,’” he said. “You’ve got to say, ‘me and the goalie, the puck’s got to go behind the goalie.’ (His best line was a... Read More
Los Angeles Kings v Colorado Avalanche

Waking up with the Kings: November 16

Darryl Sutter has repeatedly said that the Kings are not using their injuries as an excuse, and there’s a good reason for that. Any type of acknowledgement of the impact of injuries on the team’s standing by the head coach could vindicate the strain of failing to collect two points and make certain ... Read More
MONTREAL, QC - NOVEMBER 10: Carey Price #31, Alexei Emelin #74, Torrey Mitchell #17, Paul Byron #41 and Shea Weber #6 of the Montreal Canadiens protect the net against Tyler Toffoli #73 and Jeff Carter #77 of the Los Angeles Kings in the NHL game at the Bell Centre on November 10, 2016 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. (Photo by Francois Lacasse/NHLI via Getty Images)

Waking up with the Kings: November 11

Montreal is an interesting team. (They’re also probably a very good team, given that they’ve won 12 of 14 games for the first time in their 99-year history, and employ a 9-0-0 netminder who is the best goalie in the world at the moment.) But looking at that team, I don’t see a ton of difference betw... Read More
TORONTO, ON - NOVEMBER 8: Tyler Toffoli #73 (R) of the Los Angeles Kings is congratulated on his goal against the Toronto Maple Leafs by teammates Drew Doughty #8, Dwight King #74, and Jeff Carter #77 of the Los Angeles Kings during the second period at the Air Canada Centre on November 8, 2016 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Mark Blinch/NHLI via Getty Images)

Waking up with the Kings: November 9

It sometimes becomes vogue on this blog, admittedly, to reference variables in travel and the 82-game schedule that don’t stack up in the team’s favor; losing hours when traveling east for a back-to-back would probably be the chief grievance. But through no decision of the schedule-makers, the Los A... Read More
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Waking up with the Kings: November 4

There are superstars on the ice when the Kings face the Penguins – Hello, Mr. Crosby, Mr. Malkin, Mr. Doughty, Mr. Kopitar – and yet it was the 26-year-old seventh round draft pick who once played NAHL hockey with the Wenatchee Wild who scored a skilled game-winner against the defending champions. N... 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.