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Waking up with the Kings: December 13

Jeez, three paragraphs are needed from last night’s game, eh? I’m not sure what else there is to say, other than the Kings simply didn’t have it. There are several excuses of Why They Didn’t Have It that could be shared in this space, but there are were two primary factors that combined to produce u... Read More

Waking up with the Kings: December 10

A recent road trip opener in Detroit started the meter on the Los Angeles Kings’ most difficult stretch of the season: 24 of 36 games played away from Staples Center, the meat of which is formed by three visits to the east coast and two to Western Canada. The Kings have opened the 36-game marathon w... Read More

Waking up with the Kings: December 4

Two tired teams took the ice at United Center on Thursday night. The game was played on December 3, so it’s not as if NHL teams are arriving to games comfortably sustained by eight-hour sleeps and deep body massages after a weekend at Terranea, but both the Los Angeles Kings and Chicago Blackhawks w... Read More

Waking up with the Kings: December 2

The Los Angeles Kings scored twice before the game’s first TV timeout on Friday night. Is that good? With a performance that represented the continued the swell in their team game, they jumped out to an early lead and, after the St. Louis Blues pulled within one in the second period, received an imp... Read More

Waking up with the Kings: December 1

A funny thing happened en route to a 5-2 win over the Washington Capitals: the Los Angeles Kings received important depth contributions. In a game boasting star power of Anze Kopitar, Drew Doughty, Alex Ovechkin, Nicklas Backstrom and a fascinating Evgeny Kuznetsov, it was Kurtis MacDermid, Jonny Br... Read More

Waking up with the Kings: November 29

There wasn’t really much to find fault with during the Kings’ first period of their four-game road trip. There was, of course, a coverage miscue that forced a center, Anze Kopitar, to defend a two-on-one, but in terms of chances, driving play, checking and goaltending, it was a par-for-the-course, d... Read More

Waking up with the Kings: November 26

There are throwback elements to the rancorous Kings-Ducks rivalry. While evolving somewhat alongside the up-tempo, faster National Hockey League, it’s still a hard, defensive, predictably low-scoring heavyweight fight that often goes the distance, and for the 15th time in the last 21 meetings, the g... Read More

Waking up with the Kings: November 25

Kings-Coyotes games at Gila River Arena never resemble immaculately chiseled artworks, and Friday night’s game did include some of the rivalry’s requisite chaos, influenced by a large heaping of turnovers, spotty defensive play and poor puck management embedded in the play of a pair of struggling te... Read More

Waking up with the Kings: November 23

The slow realization of life without Jeff Carter continued to unfold Wednesday night at Staples Center as the Los Angeles Kings could not take advantage of a mostly well-checked game in which they curtailed the Winnipeg Jets’ chances at one end of the rink and showed an ability to get bodies and puc... Read More

Waking up with the Kings: November 20

It’s not a great visual observing Jonathan Quick in a game where he just doesn’t have it. It’s difficult to think of him in the tunnel after he’s left the game, knowing how hard he takes things upon himself and what he means to the cohesiveness of a group he’s bailed out many, many times. He provide... Read More

Waking up with the Kings: November 19

Several abbreviated thoughts on Saturday’s 4-0 win over the Florida Panthers: -Darcy Kuemper kept the Kings in the game for the first period when the Panthers jumped out to a hot start and generated consistent pressure. His stops on Aleksander Barkov and Evgenii Dadonov with Los Angeles leading 1... Read More

Waking up with the Kings: November 17

Any thought that the Los Angeles Kings would emerge from a three-game home skid with a forceful, 60-minute performance were ended quickly during a passive first period in which they struggled to evade a consistent Boston forecheck and as a result spent too much time in their own zone. There was good... Read More

Waking up with the Kings: November 15

There are lots of things to work out in the Los Angeles Kings’ game right now. There were still nits to pick when the team was winning 4-0, in Montreal, but now that the team has dropped three consecutive home games in regulation, the challenges are more pronounced. They’re still leading the divisio... 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.