February 5 morning skate notes - LA Kings Insider

Good afternoon from the team hotel in Fort Lauderdale, roughly half an hour west of the BB&T Center. The Kings didn’t hold traditional line rushes, but rather line rush-type drills that included groups of three and four skating up and down the ice. There was no change from yesterday’s alignment:

Gaborik – Kopitar – Brown
King – Carter – Toffoli
Clifford – Stoll – Williams
Lewis – Andreoff – Shore – Nolan

Muzzin – Doughty
Martinez – Greene
Regehr – McBain



-It was a brisk morning skate. The Zamboni left the ice, the players stretched, were called together by Darryl Sutter, skated north-south in the aforementioned line rush-type drill, handled pucks, took shots on goaltenders, and as some players remained on the ice for some skill work, others left the ice. All players headed to the dressing room at relatively the same time, so it’s not entirely clear whether Andy Andreoff or Nick Shore will center the fourth line. I’m inclined to believe that it’ll be Shore. Jonathan Quick left the ice before Martin Jones, so he’ll likely start in net.

-Jamie McBain is set to make his return to the lineup, as Darryl Sutter indicated. “I understand that it’s a part of the game. It’s part of everything that’s going to happen,” McBain said of his nine-game absence. “All you can do is wait for your name to be put back up on the board again and work hard in practice and make sure you’re staying sharp, staying on top of your game so that whenever your name is called again, you’re ready to go.” Brayden McNabb is likely the odd-man out on the blue line; story to come.

-Willie Mitchell is not expected to play tonight. Coach Gerard Gallant said the Panthers captain is day-to-day with an upper-body injury. Steven Kampfer has been recalled from AHL-San Antonio. Roberto Luongo will start in net. Via George Richards, who you should follow on Twitter, Sean Bergenheim and Shawn Thornton will be tonight’s scratches.

-Puck Daddy editor Greg Wyshynski ranked the top 10 rivalries in the NHL, and the Kings featured in three of them.

-I joined SiriusXM NHL this morning (audio coming) and will be joining Jason Strudwick of TSN 1260 Edmonton at 11:15 a.m. PT. 8:20 p.m. PT (via tape delay). Click here for the live stream. I’ll also be jumping on the NHL Network’s Arena Cam at 3:15 p.m. PT to talk Kings and preview tonight’s game, for those interested.

Morning skate in Sunrise

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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.