Good morning, Denver - LA Kings Insider

Good morning, Denver, and good morning, National Hockey League.

No, the Kings aren’t playing tonight. The team arrived in Denver a day early to ease the travel burdens faced by the four players and one equipment manager who were among the last NHL-based players and team personnel to leave Sochi. Drew Doughty, Jeff Carter, Jonathan Quick, Dustin Brown and Darren Granger are expected to rejoin the team today. But the NHL season does resume tonight with the Buffalo Sabres hosting the Carolina Hurricanes in a game that should provide enough entertainment for Kings fans despite the teams’ records, which range from league-worst to middling. The Sabres have several commodities that could be unloaded at the trading deadline, while the Hurricanes will visit Staples Center on Saturday afternoon in the Kings’ first post-Olympic home game.

As anyone who has ever flown into Denver can tell you, the descent is often choppy, and the airport is in the middle of nowhere. Though the final minute of the flight doesn’t depict the turbulence we experienced during the approach, you can get a sense of the airport’s remoteness.

Los Angeles has played 105 regular season games since last visiting Colorado. A preseason game at the Pepsi Center excluded, the last time the Kings faced off on the road against the Avalanche, it was the second game of the 2012-13 season, and a 1-0 lead after two periods morphed into a 3-1 road loss. That game ended an 86-0-9 Los Angeles run when leading after two periods, dating back to April 2, 2009.

And moving away from “numbers” and “statistics,” here is a video of today’s Highlighted Local Artist. It’s Don Cheadle!

Cheadle was actually born in Kansas City, though he graduated from high school in Denver and is a Broncos fan. His local credentials certainly pass the high bar of this Good Morning post. Oh, I think you need all that bass.

The Kings are scheduled to practice at the University of Denver at 1:30 p.m. today. As always, there will be lots more to come on LA Kings Insider.

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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.