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George Sipple: Red Wings jump all over Kings, win 5-2

“The Wings jumped out to a 4-0 first-period lead on Friday night at Joe Louis Arena and went on to beat the Los Angeles Kings, 5-2.”

Helene St. James: Points few for ‘smart’ Nestrasil, but Babcock likes rookie’s defense

“Nestrasil has been on the third line, of late with Darren Helm and Tomas Jurco, but also has gotten minutes on the power play on the strength of being very good at protecting the puck.”


Ted Kulfan: Red Wings build big early lead, hold on to beat Kings

“The Kings chipped away, and had an opportunity to get within a goal when Dustin Brown had a penalty shot just less than three minutes into the third period.

But Jimmy Howard made the stop on his one-time youth hockey teammate in upstate New York, keeping the score 4-2.”


Ansar Khan: Jimmy Howard’s penalty-shot save early in third period ‘huge’ moment for Red Wings vs. Kings

“But the Detroit Red Wings goaltender found himself in a key situation in the third period, facing Dustin Brown on a penalty shot as the Los Angeles Kings were mounting a comeback, having gotten a shorthanded goal from Tyler Toffoli just 41 seconds earlier.”

Joe LaPointe: Column: As Red Wings beat Cup champion Kings, fans send get-well wishes to Gordie Howe

“To kids of that era, Howe was a combination of hero, cool uncle, prince of the city, Superman in DC comics and the guy next door. Few superstars (they didn’t even use the word then) were ever so humble.”


Detroitnr1: What A Treat: Detroit Red Wings 5 – Los Angeles Kings 2

“East Lansing experienced its first snow of the season today, and maybe that’s a sign of things to come. Winter is a-brewin’, and its going to carry the Wings with it, all the way into late-Spring. And, if we are lucky, it might even carry the Wings into the wee days of summer.”

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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.