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Waking up with the Kings: March 19

I hate to be the one that breaks it to you, but the 2018-19 LA Kings have been mathematically eliminated from the playoffs. Let it be recorded that at the 16:50 mark of the second period, Tyler Myers issued the death blow in a fitting illustration of the season at large. A second power play unit's e... Read More

Waking up with the Kings: March 17

The 2018-19 season really knows how to twist the knife, huh? The LA Kings’ latest defeat, a 4-3 setback to a Florida Panthers team that attacks better than it defends, saw the evaporation of a third period lead as the culmination of a steady push by the visitors over most of the second half of the g... Read More

Waking up with the Kings: March 15

The slog continues. In the latest rerun of a disappointing series, the LA Kings relied on an incomplete and inconsistent team performance and fell 3-1 to a Nashville Predators team that had lapses of its own. Los Angeles fell behind in an unfortunate sequence when Ilya Kovalchuk was robbed by Pekka ... Read More

Waking up with the Kings: March 11

Any and all Lose for Hughes daydreams are suspended when the LA Kings and Anaheim Ducks meet, and even though these might have been the dreariest stakes since the Freeway Faceoff’s branding, there were still a number of things to like about the visitors’ execution and investment in a 3-2 win. The Ki... Read More

Waking up with the Kings: March 10

In a reversal from some of the rivalry’s recent storylines, the LA Kings had an opportunity to play spoiler to the Arizona Coyotes’ late playoff charge, and though that mission went unfulfilled, it wasn’t for a lack of purpose or investment. There was actually a prime opportunity to wrap up both gam... Read More

Waking up with the Kings: March 8

What to say that hasn’t already been said? Any of the previous carbon copies of this column suffice. Nothing too new to report here: Jonathan Quick bore the brunt of the so-so investment around him; the detail lacked structure, slowing the team down in transition and resulting in a surplus of missed... Read More

Waking up with the Kings: March 6

There just wasn’t much of anything Tuesday night at Staples Center – not much juice, or any juju or fortune, and there certainly wasn’t a steady stream of scoring chances directed at either net. After their cathartic offensive outburst was sparked in a fun and sloppy defensive outing on Saturday, th... Read More

Waking up with the Kings: March 3

Three of the four 2014 conference finalists are in last or second-to-last place in their divisions, with Montreal, Tuesday’s visitors, the playoff position outlier. And there certainly are wisps of nostalgia when the Kings and Blackhawks meet, even as their tremendous playoff series falls deeper int... Read More

Waking up with the Kings: February 27

There’s not a great deal more to be said that hasn’t been said since about the LA Kings since the second or third week of the season, even as some details change. They’ve lost nine in a row. And though their team game may have been relatively healthy a week or two ago, they lost 6-1 in two of their ... Read More

Waking up with the Kings: February 26

Before we get any farther, let’s acknowledge the excellent theatre of Monday’s entertaining game. There hasn’t been much in the way of high-stakes drama this season; the Kings were eight points out of a playoff spot on November 1. So, to have the opportunity to come away with a win against the leagu... Read More

Waking up with the Kings: February 24

Just to get it out of the way, the game story. The LA Kings were tied, 1-1 in the second period. The forecheck had been activated, the ice was tilted towards Roberto Luongo. Alex Iafallo made a smart play to avoid touching a puck leaving the box and hit Anze Kopitar through a seam before Luongo deni... Read More

Waking up with the Kings: February 22

The mind of a professional hockey player, mid-season, is a complex and insular place. These players are human, but the blinders are on, and the most successful players are able to square in on the immediate task at hand with minimal outside distractions. So, even though the LA Kings were basically a... Read More

Waking up with the Kings: February 19

This is a really difficult spot of the season the LA Kings are in. They’ve traded their best player this season, another player entrenched in the top four on defense is injured, top-six players are in extended skids and/or recovering from injury, and they’re lacking detail and losing important momen... Read More
Adrian Kempe

#9 | 6′ 2″ | 195 lb | Age: 21

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

Bio

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

#19 | 6′ | 185 lb | Age: 23

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

Bio

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