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Waking up with the Kings: April 10

After what I felt was some diluted content and the occasional vapid editorializing in last year’s WUWTKs, I wasn’t sure if I would bring the column back this year or try and replace it with something BRAND NEW AND BETTER. In the end, I’m glad I chose to keep the column, and look forward to continuin... Read More

Waking up with the Kings: April 7

After a competitive 20 minutes, the Kings showed little fight in surrendering three second period goals during a 4-1 loss to the Flames Thursday night at Staples Center. For the final 40 minutes there wasn’t much to suggest that the team was doing much more than going through the standard, late-seas... Read More

Waking up with the Kings: April 5

The Los Angeles Kings remained committed to their game plan in a 6-4 win over the visiting Edmonton Oilers, turning a first period in which they were able to generate quality scoring chances (though not a surplus in shots on goal) into actual scoring, putting five past Cam Talbot before sealing the ... Read More

Waking up with the Kings: April 3

Sealing a fate made all but inevitable with back-to-back losses to St. Louis and Arizona two weeks ago, the Los Angeles Kings’ regulation loss to the Coyotes Sunday night at Staples Center was decided over a 9:42 stretch of play that bridged the first and second periods. Over that span, between Trev... Read More

Waking up with the Kings: April 1

Stop me if you’ve heard this before: A hockey team grinds out a strong performance with a sturdy compete level, wins the scoring chance and shots on goal battle and narrowly loses a low-scoring game as a heavily worked goaltender stands on his head. In the inverse of what seems like Every Single Kin... Read More

Waking up with the Kings: March 30

“I think people pay to see emotion, too. It’s good to see that once in a while,” Darryl Sutter said after Wednesday’s 4-1 Kings win at Calgary. “It might be, quite honest, what maybe has been lacking in our team.” It’s probably one of several things that have been lacking in the Kings’ play in the c... Read More

Waking up with the Kings: March 29

It’s such a broken record at this point, but if you’re going to find a game that’s the appropriate archetype of the 2017 portion of the Kings’ 2016-17 season, it’s Tuesday’s game in Edmonton. Stop me if you’ve heard this before: Los Angeles played a really solid road game against a quality opponent ... Read More

Waking up with the Kings: March 26

In another game in which the Los Angeles Kings outshot, vastly out-attempted and narrowly out-chanced their opponents, they again lacked any finishing ability and could not establish or benefit from the convergence of bodies, pucks and chaos in front of the net during a quiet home loss. It’s not eas... Read More

Waking up with the Kings: March 24

The Los Angeles Kings rode a strong special teams performance and a quality start in net from Ben Bishop to a 5-2 win over a personnel-depleted Winnipeg Jets team that iced a young blue line in front of Connor Hellebucyk, who dealt with a mash-up of bodies, pucks and skates in close proximity for mu... Read More

Waking up with the Kings: March 20

Several abbreviated thoughts on the Kings 5-2 loss to the Calgary Flames Sunday night: -In another Most Important Game Of The Season, the Kings struggled coming out of the gate and ceded a disproportionate number of high-pace, high-skill, tic-tac-toe efforts to Calgary’s best players in the first... Read More

Waking up with the Kings: March 15

The Los Angeles Kings lost an eminently winnable game in an 11-round shootout when they were unable to hold two third period leads against the Arizona Coyotes. Compare that to March 17, 2014 – the Shamrock Shake game – when they let a third period lead slip away and lost in regulation to Phoenix, en... 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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