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Waking up with the Kings

Waking up with the Kings: November 15

The LA Kings didn’t score a power play goal but used their late-game special teams to eke out a narrow but deserved victory over the Detroit Red Wings in a game they had a good handle on from the start but weren’t able to transfer their purpose in the offensive zone into actual offense until late. T... Read More

Waking up with the Kings: November 10

The events and finer print from Saturday’s 3-2 loss in Montreal have largely washed away, even if the reality of an 0-2-1 trip and return to 30th place haven’t. Several familiar gremlins returned. The penalty kill allowed goals on the first two opportunities against and is a 500 pound weight strappe... Read More

Waking up with the Kings: November 6

The LA Kings fell 3-1 to the Toronto Maple Leafs Tuesday night in a largely well-executed inverse to their recent formula. They were beaten five-on-five yet won the special teams and goaltending battle, but just couldn’t generate enough volume or quality to accompany their effective defending and de... Read More

Waking up with the Kings: November 3

There are plenty of narratives and starting points for the LA Kings’ overtime win over Chicago, a carbon copy of a carbon copy of the two Spidermen pointing at each other, but an entertaining one nonetheless. Jonathan Toews registered his third point 58 minutes and 21 seconds into his 12th game of t... Read More

Waking up with the Kings: October 28

And for every ebb, a flow, for every wax, a wane. The LA Kings ended their second road trip of the season at the converse of where they started it, with Sunday’s second 5-1 loss in as many days to a team adjacent in the standings serving as a cold splash of water in the face and a reminder that desp... Read More

Waking up with the Kings: October 27

The LA Kings faltered in important moments and fell to 3-6-4 in their last 13 visits to St. Paul with a 5-1 road loss to a Minnesota team that out-shot them 14-7 in a third period that opened with a one-goal margin. You can argue that this game was lost on the power play. With the score tied at one,... Read More

Waking up with the Kings: October 25

There was an interesting conversation I had with several broadcasters before the start of Thursday’s St. Louis game. How long could Los Angeles keep up their territorial dominance? What would be the result? There are ebbs and flows within a season, but could they maintain such strong execution of th... Read More

Waking up with the Kings: October 20

If you listen to social media, you’d probably get the impression that LA Kings fans want to see their team rebuilt/refreshed/renewed, yet also win each game, 4-0. And games aren’t played on social media. They’re actually played on spreadsheets, and the data has said that the Kings have been pretty g... Read More

Waking up with the Kings: October 18

Not quite adding up. Thursday’s Kings-Sabres game, deemed by shot and chance-based metrics to be a level of L.A. domination equivalent to a Cowboys-Bills Super Bowl, wasn’t a model of the combined fruits being greater than their individual labors. There were, again, encouraging signs in structure, a... Read More

Waking up with the Kings: October 16

Similar script, less scoring. The LA Kings came out to a hot, fast start, couldn’t bury the puck against a goalie who quickly got into a rhythm, looked fine in five-on-five play, weathered the Hurricanes’ structural flexing in the second and relied on wrists and tips and a few near misses in the thi... Read More
Adrian Kempe

#9 | 6′ 2″ | 195 lb | Age: 21

Born: September 13, 1996
Birthplace: Kramfors, SWE
Position: LW
Handedness: Left


Kempe was selected by the Kings in the first round (29th overall) in the 2014 NHL Draft.

Alex Iafallo

#19 | 6′ | 185 lb | Age: 23

Born: December 21, 1993
Birthplace: Eden, NY, USA
Position: C
Handedness: Left


Iafallo was signed by the Kings as an unrestricted free agent on April 18, 2017.

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.

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.