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Waking up with the Kings

Waking up with the Kings: January 20

On the verge of moves that would reshape the roster and subtract contributing players from the greatest era in franchise history, the image of Jonathan Quick swinging his stick at the goalpost and shouting at referee Jean Hebert after an unsuccessful challenge during a six-goal loss served as a sad ... Read More

Waking up with the Kings: January 18

Jack Campbell, eminent team player, wasn’t in the mood to absorb too much of last night’s glory on his own, instead basking in the collective satisfaction that the team won a good, hard road game. It was a physical game and for the first two periods, a well-structured performance in which the LA Kin... Read More

Waking up with the Kings: January 16

“If we want to win, we have to be passionate early,” Willie Desjardins said the morning of the LA Kings’ 3-2 shootout loss at Minnesota on Tuesday, and, well, that’s not quite how the opening frame played out. Jason Zucker and Mikko Koivu generated quality looks on the first shift, and by the time 9... Read More

Waking up with the Kings: January 13

In the appropriate response from Thursday’s self-reflective seasonal low-point, the LA Kings cashed in on their chances, received a fortunate judgement or two and banked on quality individual performances from several parties looking to get their games in order in a 5-2 victory that provided good su... Read More

Waking up with the Kings: January 11

In scoring once midway through the second period and calling it a night, the LA Kings showed again that they’re really not in a very good place, and as much as there has been discussion of improvements in several facets of their game, there still seems to be a moral victory narrative in tense, narro... Read More

Waking up with the Kings: January 8

A 2-1 Kings-Sharks game in the third period, you say? Just as Saturday’s Edmonton game at Staples Center was the latest carbon copy of a franchised script, so was Los Angeles’ 3-1 loss in San Jose on Monday night, a typically low-scoring game between the familiar rivals and one in which the visitors... Read More

Waking up with the Kings: January 6

Before allowing three first period goals Saturday night, the Edmonton Oilers had allowed five, three, five, six, four, six, two, four, eight and six goals in their last 10 visits to Staples Center, winning once, controversially. This all occurred despite some perfectly fine Oilers efforts at home, e... Read More

Waking up with the Kings: January 4

For this LA Kings team to come away with any sort of worthwhile result against the league-leading Lightning, they’d need a cohesive and hard-nosed effort with all 20 players pulling on the same winning rope or any applicable cliché that depicts their performances in home wins over Vegas and Winnipeg... Read More

Waking Up With The Kings: January 1

With last night’s overtime victory over Colorado, the Kings now have earned wins from five of their last six games and points from six of their last seven. The team picked up the two points in the opening test of a very tricky three-in-four set, which continues tonight in Las Vegas and concludes on ... Read More

Waking up with the Kings: December 30

There are two sides in every match-up, and in a rivalry – a nascent rivalry, but one born out of both playoffs and proximity – that emotional spark is often stoked in games against the Golden Knights. That energy-driven thrust or focus isn’t always manifested in belligerence or demonstrative exchang... Read More

Waking up with the Kings: December 28

The LA Kings headed into the Christmas break having won three straight games against 2018 Western Conference semifinalists, and though they exited it against a low-scoring and banged up team in a nearby standings spot, established their game early and in a completely plausible story won a low-scorin... Read More

Waking Up With The Kings: December 14

Thursday’s 4-1 loss in Columbus marked a step backward after a couple of stronger efforts to begin this road trip for the Kings. In the words of their Head Coach, the Kings needed to be better, but for a while, the Kings hung around, finding themselves sitting in a 2-1 game late in the second period... Read More

Waking Up With The Kings: December 12

It’s Wednesday afternoon at 1 PM local time in Ohio and Jake Muzzin is still on the ice for another shift in Buffalo. The 6-3 defenseman was the non-injury related story of last evening’s game for the Kings. Muzzin collected a goal and an assist in the 4-3 overtime defeat and logged a regular-season... Read More
Jake Muzzin

#6 | 6′ 3″ | 216 lb | Age: 27

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

Bio

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.
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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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