Waking up with the Kings: February 28 - LA Kings Insider

Several abbreviated thoughts from the Kings’ 2-0 win over the Calgary Flames on Thursday:

-As much as the Kings may have been due for a 10-goal barnburner in Colorado, they were also due for a win in the style of Thursday’s 2-0 shutout in Calgary. Whereas there had been a familiar trend in some Kings losses earlier in the season in which they outplayed, disproportionately out-shot and out-chanced their opponents but still lost, Thursday’s win seemed to be the inverse of that script. Credit the well-rested Flames for an excellent effort and a triumph in the puck possession battle against one of the league’s top puck possession teams. For two periods Calgary was probably the better team, though Los Angeles used another supreme effort in goal by Jonathan Quick to claim an important two points in the standings. It’s nice to have that Lamborghini in the garage.

-Tip your cap to the Kings’ third period effort after they found something extra in the gas tank. Los Angeles was excellent in both third periods on this road trip.

Los Angeles Kings v Calgary Flames

-Dustin Brown played his best game of the season, logging a goal, an assist, and leading the team’s forechecking efforts. He gave little time and space to his opponents when the puck was on his side of the ice, and has returned from the Olympic break with a goal and two assists in two games after having totaled just one road point on the season prior to Wednesday. The Kings are likely to make a move or two in advance of the March 5 trading deadline, and the team is surely kicking the tires on some potential offensive pieces. If Dustin Brown gets going during the stretch run, it will be as if they’ve added another offensive option without subtracting anything. Considering his shooting percentage on the season is 7.3%, the second-lowest of his career, he’s certainly capable of a late-season spike. This fine piece by Robert P. at Jewels from the Crown says that Brown should pot roughly five goals over the season’s final 23 games (he has one goal in two games since the resumption of the schedule); if he can resuscitate his production on the power play, where he hasn’t posted a point since October and hasn’t scored since the fourth game of the season, he could beat that 15-goal projection by several goals. Don’t be surprised to see Brown finish behind Anze Kopitar and Jeff Carter in team scoring during the remaining schedule.

CALGARY, CANADA - FEBRUARY 27: Willie Mitchell #33 of the Los Angeles Kings knocks  Mike Cammalleri #13 if the Calgary Flames to the ice during the first period of their NHL hockey game at the Scotiabank Saddledome February 27, 2014 in Calgary, Alberta, C

-Los Angeles is now 2-0 in its most compacted portion of an already truncated schedule, and face a dreaded Third Game In 66 Hours Against A Non-Rival On A Saturday Afternoon. Players aren’t robots, even though they do require time to recharge. That time won’t come until a recovery day early next week. Even though the Kings have been trending in the right direction following the Olympic break – and the Hurricanes have not – Saturday’s game will be one in which L.A. will battle fatigue in addition to another team down a Staples Center corridor.

CALGARY, CANADA - FEBRUARY 27: Kevin Westgarth (L) of the Calgary Flames pushes Dustin Brown of the Los Angeles Kings away from the puck during the first period of their NHL hockey game at the Scotiabank Saddledome February 27, 2014 in Calgary, Alberta, C

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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.