Waking up with the Kings

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

Waking up with the Kings: March 14

It’s too early for a post-mortem when the “mortem” state hasn’t yet been reached, and with 14 games remaining, including three against the Oilers, the Kings still have an opportunity to make things interesting in their quest for a playoff berth. But while their postseason chances rely heavily on a t... Read More

Waking up with the Kings: March 12

Several abbreviated observations from the Kings’ 4-2 win over the Washington Capitals: -There is only one thing the Kings and Syrio Forel say to death: ‘Not today.’ At a pivotal crossroads in their season in which back-to-back losses to Washington and St. Louis would’ve necessitated the Lord of L... Read More

Waking up with the Kings: March 10

The Kings won a very important hockey game on Thursday amidst very little margin for error on the current home stand. For a realistic shot of the playoffs, this is a team that can’t post a record any worse than 5-2-0 or 4-2-1 during this seven-game stretch, with one of the wins needing to come again... Read More

Waking up with the Kings: March 5

There were cautionary overtones early in Los Angeles’ 4-3 loss to Vancouver on Saturday, a game in which the Kings showed signs early of not being appropriately engaged. Against light pressure, Los Angeles struggled with their breakouts for a good 90-second stretch early in the first period, a puzzl... Read More

Waking up with the Kings: February 28

In a clear reversal from prior seasons of the Los Angeles-Minnesota rivalry, the two teams with deep roots in structured play and often low-scoring games exploded for 25 combined goals in this year’s season series, which was claimed by the Wild in a, well, wild 5-4 win in which the home team never h... Read More

Waking up with the Kings: February 26

This is a Kings group that is the latest of a string of Kings teams that despite an evolution of personnel is still linked to teams of the recent past by certain core characteristics. They’re resilient, and when backed against the wall tend to emerge with a renewed sense of purpose. This isn’t unive... Read More

Waking up with the Kings: February 24

Has there been any other recent game that so accurately served as an archetype of the 2016-17 season? The Kings were the better team. They limited zone time, possession, and had the majority of the even strength chances. The opponent scored early in the first period, necessitating a game of catch-up... Read More

Waking up with the Kings: February 22

Oh, hey. I guess it’s time to write about last night’s 2-1 Kings win over the Avalanche. Several abbreviated observations from Tuesday’s game: -The Kings etched out a very strong 10 minutes to open the game, which featured a power play in which they controlled the puck in the offensive zone for n... Read More

Waking up with the Kings: February 20

The talk of the Kings playing well despite back-to-back losses took a turn for the unimportant when the team lost for the third consecutive time in regulation, falling 1-0 to the Ducks in a Pacific Division rivalry game that continued to remove the games in hand advantage they had over the Flames. I... 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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