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Good morning, suburban North Carolina, and good morning, Insiders.

Look at the view above: a tranquil lake, a forest on the verge of changing colors. What don’t you see? Munter’s units. I looked to my left and I looked to my right, and there was nary a Munter’s in view. We’re nearly a month into the season, and I’m afraid to say that I have been yet to share with you one silver and blue monolith of air conditioning virtuosity. That will change tomorrow in Dallas. You have my word. That will change.

You know what else we don’t see much of in the Research Triangle? Buildings. This is my second trip to Greater Raleigh, and the number of trees I’ve seen outnumber buildings somewhere around a million to one. This is a very suburban area – a very educated area – and we don’t stay in any central business district. Even PNC Arena, on the campus of NC State, is west of central Raleigh. There are wide boulevards, comfortable stops at stoplights, and some low slung commercial developments but very few buildings that poke above the tree canopy. It’s surely a beautiful area, and fall is an excellent time to visit and admire the changing of the leaves, a transition several weeks behind what we had seen in Pittsburgh.

After landing at Raleigh-Durham…

…we were greeted by a familiar logo.



And while we’re on this multimedia binge, this popped up on my Instagram feed last night and I couldn’t stop laughing.

"The section you're supposed to monitoring is on fire." from 'Homie the Clown'. Season 6, Episode 15.

A video posted by The Simpsons Clips (@thesimpsonsig) on

Long live Homie the Clown. Top-10 episode all-time? Top-five?

Instead of skating at PNC Arena in advance of a 5:00 game, the Kings will hold meetings at the team hotel before heading to the rink in the early afternoon. Robyn Regehr will join me from the bench (I’ll have cleared my throat this time) on Kings Live, which will begin at 1:30 L.A. time. Good bye, Daylight Savings.

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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.