Game 13 Preview: Los Angeles at Phoenix - LA Kings Insider

Los Angeles Kings (8-4-0) vs Phoenix Coyotes (7-3-2)
Tuesday, October 29, 2013, 7:00 p.m. PT Arena
Referees: #36 Dean Morton, #23 Brad Watson
Linesmen: #74 Lonnie Cameron, #70 Derek Nansen
FOX Sports West, KTLK 1150 AM

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Los Angeles Projected Starting Goaltender – Ben Scrivens
2013-14 Season: 3 GP (1 GS) / 1-0-0 record / 1.22 GAA / .939 Sv% / 1 SHO
Career vs Phoenix: 1 (1) / 0-0-1 / 1.85 / .943 / 0
Last Game vs Phoenix: 11/15/11 / 65 MP / 33-35 + 0-2 shots / 2-3 SOL
2013-14, Away: 3 (1) / 1-0-0 / 1.22 / .939 / 1

Phoenix Projected Starting Goaltender – Mike Smith
2013-14 Season: 11 GP (11 GS) / 6-2-2 record / 3.17 GAA / .903 Sv% / 0 SHO
Career vs Los Angeles: 15 (15) / 9-4-1 / 2.18 / .923 / 2
Last Game vs Los Angeles: 10/24/13 / 20 MP / 11-15 shots / 4-7 L
2013-14, Home: 5 (5) / 4-0-1 / 2.58 / .909 / 0

2013-14 Los Angeles Leaders
Total Points: Anze Kopitar (1-10=11)
Goals: Jeff Carter (5-4=9)
Assists: Anze Kopitar (1-10=11)
Plus/Minus: Matt Greene (+5; 2-1=3)
Penalty Minutes: Kyle Clifford (23; 1-0=1)
Time On Ice: Drew Doughty (25:39; 3-2=5)

2013-14 Phoenix Leaders
Total Points: Radim Vrbata (5-7=12)
Goals: Radim Vrbata (5-7=12), Martin Hanzal (5-6=11)
Assists: Radim Vrbata (5-7=12), Mikkel Boedker (2-7=9), Keith Yandle (1-7=8)
Plus/Minus: Rob Klinkhammer (+9; 4-2=6)
Penalty Minutes: Martin Hanzal (19; 5-6=11)
Time On Ice: Oliver Ekman-Larsson (25:00; 3-6=9)

Rankings and Statistics
Goals/Game: LAK – 20 / 2.58; PHX – 4 / 3.33
Goals Against/Game: LAK – t-8 / 2.50; PHX – t-25 / 3.17
Power Play: LAK – 17 / 17.8%; PHX – t-13 / 20.0%
Penalty Kill: LAK – 15 / 82.4%; PHX – 10 / 83.3%
Shots/Game: LAK – 5 / 32.6; PHX – 7 / 31.8
Shots Against/Game: LAK – 6 / 26.9; PHX – 25 / 33.3
Faceoffs: LAK – 3 / 55.0%; PHX – 5 / 54.6%
Save Percentage: LAK – 18 / .907; PHX – t-19 / .905

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Los Angeles Projected Lines

Dwight King – Anze Kopitar – Justin Williams
Mike Richards – Jeff Carter – Matt Frattin
Dustin Brown – Jarret Stoll – Trevor Lewis
Kyle Clifford – Colin Fraser – Jordan Nolan

Robyn Regehr – Drew Doughty
Willie Mitchell – Slava Voynov
Jake Muzzin – Matt Greene

Ben Scrivens
Jonathan Quick

Level of confidence in projected lines: B+. The lines above took rushes together during the morning skate. There is a chance Daniel Carcillo could swap in for Kyle Clifford, but I’m projecting Clifford to remain in the lineup.

Notes and milestones: The Los Angeles Kings are 79-93-32 all-time against the Phoenix franchise, which includes a road record of 35-52-16. Though they have gone 6-3-1 in the last 10 overall meetings, the Kings have only one win in their last five regular season visits to Arena. … The Kings have won more faceoffs than their opponent for four consecutive games and are 150-for-266 (56.4%) over that span. Overall, the team ranks third in the league with a 55.0% success rate. … Los Angeles has allowed a power play goal in each of its last three games. Since killing off 14 consecutive power plays, the Kings’ penalty kill has allowed at least one goal in each of its last three games, going 9-for-14 over that span. Kings opponents have had at least four power plays in each of the last five games. … Mike Richards has points in three straight games (2-1=3). … Anze Kopitar has six points in the last four games (1-5=6). … Justin Williams has six points in the last four games (2-4=6). … Drew Doughty has four points in the last four games (2-2=4). … With four goals, Dwight King is one goal away from matching his regular season high, set in 2011-12. … The Kings are undefeated when any player produces a multi-point game. … Los Angeles has out-shot its opponent in 10 of 12 games this season. … The Kings are 5-0-0 in overtimes and shootouts. … Dustin Brown’s 183 career goals are three goals behind Jim Fox for ninth place overall in club history. … Drew Doughty’s 52 goals are the sixth most overall by a defenseman in club history and one goal behind Mark Hardy’s 53 goals as a King. Doughty’s 25 power play goals place him one PPG behind Hardy’s fourth-ranked 26 power play goals amongst defensemen. … Anze Kopitar is tied for sixth place in club history with nine shorthanded goals and trails Ziggy Palffy by one SHG for fifth place. … With 156 career wins, Jonathan Quick is 15 wins behind Rogie Vachon for the most wins by a goaltender in Kings history.

Phoenix Projected Lines

Mikkel Boedker – Mike Ribeiro – Radim Vrbata
Rob Klinkhammer– Antoine Vermette – Shane Doan
Tim Kennedy – Andy Miele – David Moss
Jordan Szwarz – Kyle Chipchura– Paul Bissonnette

Zbynek Michalek – Oliver Ekman-Larsson
Keith Yandle – Derek Morris
David Schlemko – Michael Stone

Mike Smith
Thomas Greiss

Notes and milestones: Lines via Jerry Brown of … Phoenix will be without Martin Hanzal (suspension), Lauri Korpikoski (upper-body), Jeff Halpern (upper-body) and Rostislav Klesla (lower-body). … This is the second of five meetings between the Kings and Coyotes. Los Angeles is 1-0, having defeated Phoenix 7-4 at Staples Center on October 24. After tonight, the teams will meet again at Arena on January 28 before finishing the season series with games on March 17 and April 2 at STAPLES Center. … On Sunday, the Coyotes assigned Brandon Yip to AHL-Portland and recalled 25-year-old forward Andy Miele. Miele, a 5-foot-9 center who won the 2011 Hobey Baker Award as the country’s top collegiate player, played four years at Miami University and was a 2007-08 teammate of Alec Martinez, Tommy Wingels, Jeff Zatkoff and Monarchs defenseman Vincent LoVerde. In eight career games, Miele has been held without a point. … On Monday, the Coyotes recalled Jordan Szwarz from AHL-Portland. He is expected to make his NHL debut tonight. … With 16 points (7-3-2), Phoenix has matched its best 12-game start under Dave Tippett. The 2009-10 Coyotes also opened the season with 16 points (8-4-0) through 12 games. … Mike Ribeiro has 42 points (12-30=42) in 45 career games against the Kings. … Keith Yandle has a three-game point streak (1-5=6). … With 168 faceoff wins, Antoine Vermette has won more faceoffs than any other player in the league. Vermette has won 60.0% of his faceoffs thus far (168/280) and 58.1% of his faceoffs through the last two seasons (650/1,119). … With 323 consecutive games played, Vermette ranks fifth on the NHL’s consecutive games played list. Jay Bouwmeester (644), Henrik Sedin (643), Andrew Cogliano (470) and Steven Stamkos rank one-through-four. Keith Yandle ranks sixth with 315 consecutive games played. … Shane Doan is the NHL’s active games played leader with the same franchise. He has appeared in 1,257 career games, all with the Coyotes. Martin Brodeur (NJD / 1,225) and Patrick Marleau (SJS / 1,177) round out the top three. … Shane Doan is one power play goal shy of 100 PPG in his career.

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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.