Kings, Devils get needed `recharge' day - LA Kings Insider

While arena workers furiously prepared Prudential Center for tonight’s Radiohead concert, there were signs of hockey everywhere. The New Jersey Devils, in their red hoodies, milled around and did off-ice work and media interviews. Some of the Kings kicked and headed around a soccer ball, rode stationary bikes and (of course) did media interviews. At first glance, most players probably groaned at the two-day break between Games 1 and 2 of the Stanley Cup Finals, but given the length and intensity of the game, and the heat and humidity inside the arena last night, a day off didn’t sound so bad today.

Both teams will be back on the ice tomorrow for what figures to be some intense work. Neither team was particularly happy with its effort in Game 1, and while there were some meetings and talk today, it was more about getting the players’ bodies back to normal. Matt Greene, Anze Kopitar, Dustin Brown and Devils coach Peter DeBoer gave their thoughts on the break…

GREENE: “I think it’s just a recovery day. With two days in between games here, especially with last night going into overtime, and being a hot building as it was, I think guys are just going to get their rest and rehydrate and try to get their legs back underneath them.’’

KOPITAR: “It was pretty hot in the building, and everybody was a little bit dehydrated, so it was good to have another day and recharge.’’

BROWN: “This time of year, rest is pretty important. It’s a grind, just getting to this point. We’ve had a lot of rest, to this point. That first game is always the hardest, when you’ve had a long break, and we found a way to win a game and now we’ll get right back at it.’’

DEBOER: “I think we’d like to jump right back in and play. I’m sure they would, too, after getting a win. I think you want to play, for me, every other day this time of year, that’s the perfect scenario. But we’ll take the time to fix what we have to fix.’’

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Adrian Kempe

#9 | 6′ 2″ | 195 lb | Age: 21

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


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

Alex Iafallo

#19 | 6′ | 185 lb | Age: 23

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


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

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.

Jeff Carter

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Born: January 1, 1985
Birthplace: London, ON, CAN
Position: C
Handedness: Right


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Born: January 21, 1986
Birthplace: Milford, CT, USA
Position: G
Handedness: Left


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