November 1 practice notes - LA Kings Insider

Color coded alignment utilized by the Kings during Saturday’s practice at Joe Louis Arena:

White – Brown, Gaborik, Kopitar, Williams
Purple – Pearson, Carter, Toffoli
Green – Clifford, Stoll, Lewis
Yellow – Andreoff, King, Richards, Nolan


-As it stands, Anze Kopitar appears poised to return to the lineup tomorrow in Raleigh.

“I’m planning on [playing], unless there’s something really drastic that happens, but I don’t think I’m going to be doing anything this afternoon,” he said. “Hopefully it stays that way, and hopefully I feel like that tomorrow.”

Marian Gaborik isn’t as likely to return tomorrow, though he said he’s “very close.”

-Justin Williams said that his shoulder “felt fine today in practice” after he took an awkward tumble into the boards during Friday’s 5-2 loss in Detroit.

“It was pretty self-inflicted, I think,” he said. “I went into the boards weird, and when you’re on the ground there for a few seconds, you’re just making sure everything’s in the right place. You’re making sure the shoulder’s all right. Everything felt all right, so I got up and went to the bench, and that was a little sore, but I might have dodged a bullet.”

When he returned to the bench, he received some immediate attention from athletic trainer Chris Kingsley.

“He was just making sure everything was where it needed to be,” Williams said.

Williams, who won the 2005-06 Stanley Cup with Carolina, will make his fourth visit to Raleigh since joining Los Angeles in the March, 2009 trade that also involved the Edmonton Oilers. In his three previous returns to Raliegh, the three-time Stanley Cup winner has totaled one goal and three points.

“A place I won at, a place I’ll always remember, a place I still have friends at,” Williams said. “How many guys [are still] on the hockey team? Big turnaround. There’s only [Cam] Ward and [Eric] Staal, I think, of the players that are left.”

-I spoke with Alec Martinez about being being bound for unrestricted free agency after the season and whether he’s aware of any ongoing contract negotiations. Martinez was hesitant to talk about the process, though he did share some time. More on these topics will come from the skies between Michigan and North Carolina.

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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.