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Waking up with the Kings: April 16

The LA Kings lost Game 3 because they couldn’t turn a 1-0 lead into a 2-0 lead despite a good 30 minutes of game time that included several high-quality chances to do so. The best opportunity to claim the first two-goal lead of the series by either team came in the second period after Adrian Kempe –... Read More

Waking up with the Kings: April 12

Wednesday night represented a missed opportunity for the LA Kings. They weren’t the better team in Game 1, nor did they finish with the greater count in scoring chances. Their execution was a touch off, they struggled through stretches to leave the zone amidst the Golden Knights’ relentless up-ice p... Read More

Waking up with the Kings: April 8

Amidst the postseason speculation and scoreboard watching and awards presentations Saturday night, there was also a hockey game played that served as a final book end for an 82-game set of data. There were several good shifts strung together by Los Angeles to open the game, but once Devin Shore pick... Read More

Waking up with the Kings: April 6

So, wait – Kings-Wild games are fun now? In a series previously associated with staid, systematic and tightly structured defensive play, both teams have evolved and are now more equipped to get after it. Minnesota is a strong forechecking team under Bruce Boudreau, and Los Angeles has improved its p... Read More

Waking up with the Kings: April 3

Several abbreviated thoughts about Monday’s 3-1 win over the Colorado Avalanche: -With the day’s objective complete, the LA Kings are within one point of clinching a playoff berth, which would represent a positive check mark in the first year of the reformed coaching staff and front office. A ber... Read More

Waking up with the Kings: March 31

A typically interesting and physical game, Friday’s 2-1 overtime loss began with a more wide-open first period than would generally be expected in the Freeway Faceoff before both teams’ checking efforts tightened the game up for the greater part of the remaining 40 minutes. There were 26 shots on go... Read More

Waking up with the Kings: March 30

Several abbreviated thoughts from Thursday’s 4-2 win over Arizona: -In a game with good purpose and energy right off the hop, the LA Kings ably withstood an as-expected first period push from a Coyotes team that has increased its pace, its forecheck and play without the puck. That’s a difficult s... Read More

Waking up with the Kings: March 27

One down, five to go. Perhaps not to the extent as Thursday’s game – the Coyotes, 14-7-2 in their last 23, have wreaked some havoc on late-season Kings pushes before – Monday’s “must-win” game against the Flames did serve up a small helping of heebie-jeebies, not by virtue of the limited personnel i... Read More

Waking up with the Kings: March 25

Several abbreviated thoughts on Los Angeles’ 3-2 loss at Edmonton on Saturday: -Not hard to figure this one out. When you allow an early goal, fall behind by two and chase the game, the winning probability drops significantly. The Kings conjured up two important strikes to bring themselves back i... Read More

Waking up with the Kings: March 23

The Colorado Avalanche, one of the NHL’s best stories this season and a legitimately dangerous young hockey team with perhaps the best top line in the entire league right now, have engineered among the biggest year-over-year stock increases this century. This is a team trending quite well. They’re a... Read More

Waking up with the Kings: March 21

There’s no stress from a one-point night at Winnipeg on Tuesday. Well, maybe that’s not the right way to put it – there was certainly some partisan stress for those ticking off the final five minutes of the game, second-by-second, as Winnipeg won a string of offensive zone faceoffs and pushed play t... Read More

Waking up with the Kings: March 20

If you base an evaluation of the LA Kings on a cursory glance of the numbers and statistics, they’re awfully healthy. Their offense has improved by nearly half a goal per game. Their goals-against has risen only marginally and has largely withstood the rising tide of power play-boosted offense acros... Read More
Jake Muzzin

#6 | 6′ 3″ | 216 lb | Age: 27

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


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.

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.