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Good morning,…Scottsdale?

Sure, why not? Good morning, Scottsdale.

If I may throw another log (blog?) onto the Washington Redskins fire, it’s that they’re in town to face the Arizona Cardinals and we’ve been bumped from our usual hotel, which is situated amidst a sea of parking lots between Gila River Arena and University of Phoenix Stadium. This happens from time to time, and for the last 17 hours we’ve set up shop in Phoenix’s most upscale suburb. Naturally, there’s a golf course within view of this blog’s balcony.

So last year I added a new twist to Good morning posts by identifying a Highlighted Local Artist. This became a challenge and wobbled on unsustainability when faced with five second half trips to Calgary and Edmonton. So I’m looking for a new feature on these game day posts, which, by the way, are probably my favorite recurring feature on the blog.

I don’t have any idea yet, and I’m ready for any and all suggestions. For now, I’m just going to post Simpsons clips, courtesy of the greatest Instagram account there ever was.


"Get off my sugar!" from 'Lisa's Rival'. Season 6, Episode 2.

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Long live Lisa’s Rival, which aired 20 years ago last month. I have a ball. Perhaps you’d like to bounce it.

Speaking of embeddable video, well, there isn’t any of our landing today, and I apologize. If you’re still skeptical that we actually flew 65 minutes to Phoenix yesterday, the only evidence I can offer you is this photo, from my own Instagram account. Here’s Palos Verdes and the southern expanse of the L.A. Basin from roughly 10 minutes after takeoff:


Oh it's just a beautiful day to fly

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The Kings are scheduled to trek across the Valley of the Sun for a 10:30 a.m. morning skate at Gila River Arena. Also, let’s all welcome James Nicholson back to the fold. For the second straight year, James will be doing great work as LAKI’s right hand man.

Lots more to come on a busy game day.


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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.