Kings, Monarchs clinch playoff berths - LA Kings Insider

The Los Angeles Kings qualified for their fourth consecutive playoff berth Saturday night when the Vancouver Canucks defeated the Detroit Red Wings 2-1 in a shootout at Rogers Arena.

The Kings (55 points; 23 regulation wins) will now turn their attention to locking up home ice advantage in the first round of the playoffs, a feat they have not accomplished since 1992. The team’s last 15 playoff series have opened away from Los Angeles.

Nipping at the Kings’ heels are the San Jose Sharks (55 points; 16 regulation wins), the St. Louis Blues (54 points; 21 regulation wins) and the Minnesota Wild (51 points; 20 regulation wins). Los Angeles owns the tiebreaker over San Jose due to the superior number of regulation wins.

There are major implications in each of Los Angeles’ four remaining games, and not only surrounding the team’s quest for home ice advantage. They’ll face a handful of desperate bubble teams: 10th-place Dallas (47 points; 20 regulation wins) visits on Sunday before L.A. travels to seventh-place Minnesota on Tuesday and ninth-place Detroit (48 points; 18 regulation wins) on Wednesday. How the Kings fare in those three games will have a profound impact on whether eighth-place Columbus (49 points; 16 regulation wins; three games remaining) will make the playoffs for the second time in club history. With the exception of the Blue Jackets, all teams listed above have four games remaining.

The Kings will return to Staples Center to finish the regular season against San Jose next Saturday.

If Los Angeles earns one point against Dallas tomorrow, they will clinch at least the seventh seed. If Los Angeles wins in regulation tomorrow and Minnesota loses in regulation at home to Calgary, the Kings would clinch at least the sixth seed.

Playoff tickets are scheduled to go on sale on Friday, April 26.

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Earlier in the evening, the Manchester Monarchs defeated the Wilkes Barre/Scranton Penguins (Pittsburgh) 3-1 behind third-period goals from David Kolomatis, Andy Andreoff and Tanner Pearson. Tyler Toffoli assisted on Kolomatis’ goal, which put Manchester ahead 1-0 31 seconds into the final frame. The Monarchs’ sixth consecutive win clinched seventh place in the Eastern Conference; the Kings’ top affiliate will face either Springfield (Columbus) or Syracuse (Tampa Bay) in the first round of the Calder Cup Playoffs.

The Ontario Reign, Los Angeles’ ECHL-affiliate, defeated the Idaho Steelheads 5-0 to even its second round Kelly Cup playoff series at one. Games three, four and five will take place in Boise. Should Game 6 be necessary, it would take place on Tuesday, April 30. A potential Game 7 would follow on Wednesday, May 1.

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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.