Waking up with the Kings

Waking up with the Kings: January 22

The Kings are having a difficult time generating momentum right now. After their third consecutive regulation loss decided by either one goal or one goal plus an empty-netter, it’s clear that this is an offensively challenged team strained by key absences on its roster, but given some of the opponen... Read More

Waking up with the Kings: January 19

While many on the outside considered the team’s nine consecutive road games to be a make-or-break part of the schedule, a much more important stretch was the recent seven-game home stand, which the team concluded with a disappointing 3-4-0 record. Unable to solidify their footing in the standings as... 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

Waking up with the Kings: January 15

Riding a wave of top players, the Los Angeles Kings scored early but fell behind to a committed Winnipeg team in the third period before tying the game late on a bang-bang play by Dustin Brown, setting the stage for a lightning quick Jeff Carter release off important feeds from Anze Kopitar and Jake... Read More

Waking up with the Kings: January 13

Thursday night’s game, a 5-1 win over the St. Louis Blues, serves as the perfect counterpoint to any lazy argument that the Los Angeles Kings are “too slow” or “not equipped to play the modern game.” In an encompassment of the Kings’ thrust under Darryl Sutter, they spent minimal time in their own z... Read More

Waking up with the Kings: January 10

A collection of unforced errors and uncharacteristically sloppy defensive zone play plagued the Los Angeles Kings in a 6-4 defeat to a Dallas Stars team that had entered the night with five wins in 19 road games. There were extremes in goaltending, and for the most part, they weren’t good for either... Read More

Waking up with the Kings: January 8

After a sleepy 10 minutes yielded a pair of goals to the opposition – one on a stoppable Mikko Koivu shot, and one on a nice hustle play by Charlie Coyle, who buried the puck after his chip behind the net off a faceoff allowed Jason Pominville to wrap the puck in front – Los Angeles called a timeout... Read More

Waking up with the Kings: January 4

The Kings withstood the continuation of one of the more difficult parts of their schedule – a home-and-home addendum to nine consecutive road games – and continued to remain above the cutoff amidst the glut of teams that are separated by very little in the Western Conference. Entering play Wednesday... Read More

Waking up with the Kings: January 1

Playing their first home game in three weeks on New Year’s Eve, the Kings kept any would-be party crashers at bay with an effective, fast and seemingly emotional and important win by holding off the rival Sharks with a performance that both combined the effort and work ethic of several recent games ... Read More

Waking up with the Kings: December 30

From the Yeah, Obviously Department: The Kings are lacking in horses right now. Without Tyler Toffoli in the lineup, there’s just not enough goal scoring at the moment to sustain the team on most nights. We all know what Jeff Carter has done, and there has been some intriguing development of younger... Read More

Waking up with the Kings: December 29

The Kings lost a game to a team that has little foothold in the standings on Wednesday night. This, on a macro scale, is because the Kings are a middle of the pack team. After the loss, they rank 17th overall in the NHL in points (with games in hand on the six teams directly above them) and are one ... Read More

Waking up with the Kings: December 24

Contrary to what had been floated around a little bit, the Kings’ seven-game leg of nine consecutive games away from Staples Center wasn’t going to be a make-or-break stretch of the season unless they did something like win zero or one games. They ended up winning three and taking points in five of ... 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

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.

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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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