Waking up with the Kings: February 26 - LA Kings Insider

-In his opening comments on last night’s game, Darryl Sutter referred to Jordan Nolan’s fight with Sheldon Souray as being successful in getting the team going. That was a key moment of the game, a turning point that opened the door for five players working in tandem to tie the game 12 seconds later. Dustin Penner’s goal began with a crafty veteran move by Rob Scuderi, who drifted towards the left side of the ice, drawing Daniel Winnik towards him. As soon as a lane developed, he dropped the puck back to Slava Voynov, who found a seam with a crisp pass up the middle towards Dwight King. King’s touch pass sprung Jarret Stoll, who sent a feed right into the perfect spot of the low slot where Penner – with one hand on the stick – was able to use his reach to redirect it past Viktor Fasth while beating the league’s plus-minus leader (entering the game), Francois Beauchemin. The play began with a clean faceoff win by Stoll back to Scuderi. The goal was an example of the Kings cashing in on their puck possession advantages; like Dustin Brown’s goal that opened up the Colorado game, it almost appeared as if Los Angeles was running a set play. It looked like practice drills were being put to use in game situations.

-Unless he’s traded or gets injured, Jake Muzzin appears to be a mainstay in this lineup for the considerable future – assuming that there’s no hiccup when he re-ups with the team as a restricted free agent this summer. He would have to clear waivers to be sent down. Muzzin is putting all the pieces together and is being rewarded by Darryl Sutter with usage in more variable situations. He has set career highs in ice time in each of the last three games, going from 18:05 to 19:15 to 20:53. His confidence in Los Angeles’ defensive zone has vastly improved; he’s showing strong poise and decision-making skills and calming volatile plays down near his goal line. There are occasional gaffes – which is to be expected of most 24-year olds who have earned the amount of ice time he has recently – but with the growing confidence in putting his skill set to use consistently in the NHL, he’s beginning to inch closer towards his high ceiling. Because of his size, his compete level, his quick release and one of the higher velocity shots from the point, there does appear to be a package that could fit a top-four role in the future. He’s not quite there yet, but Muzzin has made significant strides since he was scratched earlier this month. Also, his fake-out of Saku Koivu before he wired that wristshot past Fasth? That’s a pretty slick move for someone who was playing in his 25th career game. So who comes out of the lineup when Alec Martinez returns, Davis Drewiske or Keaton Ellerby?

-Jonathan Quick denied several Anaheim Grade-A scoring chances, notably a Ryan Getzlaf point blank shot from the low slot in the second period. Moments earlier, Corey Perry, left untouched in a similar area, had wristed a laser beam off the underside of the crossbar that managed to stay in front of the goal line. On the other side of the ice later that period, Brown’s sharp wristshot caught a tiny piece of Fasth’s glove and the underside of the crossbar and hit pay dirt. There were so many pivotal moments in last night’s game decided by fractions of inches. Hockey Chaos Theory will blow your mind.

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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

#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.