Waking up with the Kings: October 30 - LA Kings Insider

-While addressing the media following Tuesday’s morning skate, Darryl Sutter stated that one of his “pet peeves” was offensive zone penalties. Through the first two periods of the 3-1 loss to the Phoenix Coyotes, the Los Angeles Kings were assessed two penalties in the offensive zone and spent a disproportionate amount of first period action with the penalty kill on the ice. These penalties provided some early momentum and home comfort for a team that is yet to lose a home game in regulation, and though Phoenix didn’t score until late in the second period – and against the run of play at the time – the penalties kept the Kings from settling into much of a rhythm and limited their opportunities to work in the offensive zone late in the first period. Los Angeles is now tied with Winnipeg for the most minor penalties in the NHL, an uncharacteristic development for a team that has rightly prided itself on having established very good team discipline in recent years.

-Similar to last Thursday’s win over Phoenix, Tuesday’s game featured several substantial momentum swings. After having weathered the Coyotes’ early power play time, the Kings engineered an excellent stretch of extended possession and cycling in the offensive zone through much of the second half of the second period. A pair of skate deflections later, Los Angeles trailed 1-0 after a sneaky puck sent towards the net by Derek Morris greased itself past Ben Scrivens and the goal line by several inches. On the ensuing shift, Justin Williams was whistled for an offensive zone penalty, one deemed “marginal” by Sutter after the game. At that point, “how many” kills becomes secondary to “when” penalties are killed, and Shane Doan’s deft deflection of Oliver Ekman-Larsson’s shot put the Kings behind 2-0 with six seconds remaining in the second period.

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-A tough divisional road game, followed 24 hours later by a visit from the NHL-leading San Jose Sharks? Game on. Tonight’s game isn’t a “test” – teams that play 38 playoff games over two seasons have already passed the meaningful “tests” – but it will be an excellent early season gut check against an emotional San Jose team making its first trip to STAPLES Center since dropping a narrow Game 7 to Los Angeles last spring. There will be excellent theater and adrenaline in the building tonight, which has the capacity to make up for any weariness associated with playing two games in two nights. The Kings are going to need a well-rested Jonathan Quick to be at his best against a team that enters tonight’s game averaging 37.8 shots per game, a mark that bests the second most prolific team by 2.8 shots. Quick’s performance against the Sharks last spring might have been his signature seven-game NHL presentation, and with a dynamite Antti Niemi at the other end of the ice, be prepared to witness heightened stakes more representative of springtime hockey than those associated with late October play. FOX Sports West will drop the puck with the Kings Live pre-game show at 7:00 p.m.

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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.

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#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.