The view from Buffalo - LA Kings Insider


John Vogl: Bye-bye good vibrations, Sabres blanked in L.A.

“The fun in the California sun didn’t last very long.

Buffalo failed Thursday night in its attempt to build off a big win in San Jose, and the Sabres found themselves back in the loss column. Los Angeles’ power play made the Sabres pay for their trips to the penalty box, and the Kings skated to a 2-0 victory in quiet Staples Center.”

John Vogl: Sabres notebook: Grigorenko getting antsy in press box

“Mikhail Grigorenko understands why he watched from the press box Thursday night as the Sabres played in Los Angeles. Buffalo was coming off a big win over San Jose, so coach Ron Rolston decided to keep the forward lines and defensive pairings intact against the Kings.

‘I understand his decision to stick with the roster that won the game,’ Grigorenko said in Staples Center. ‘He’s the coach and guys played well the last game, so I don’t think you have to change anything.

‘But I don’t understand why I was scratched in the previous games.'”


Andy Boron: Sabres at Kings recap: Quick shuts out Buffalo

“The Buffalo Sabres came into last night’s game against the Los Angeles Kings looking for their first winning streak of the season, and they left the game looking at Jonathan Quick’s blocker and their own penalty sheet as two reasons why they failed to achieve such an impossible dream.”

Terry V: Is Ryan Miller the Best Bet for Team USA’s Olympic Goalie?

“It’s no secret Ryan Miller isn’t getting much help in front of him this year. With only two wins on the year and 37 goals against 12 games into the season he’s not exactly putting up his best numbers. However, when you look a bit deeper into the stats, and his main competition for the job, he might just be the best choice in the attempt to lead Team USA to a gold medal in Sochi.”

Jack N. Goods: Sabres Links: A look at the goalies, Sabres show sparks in loss, Yakupov staying put?

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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.