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The storm has since broken up into a steady light rain, but this was the view from the hotel room at 8:45 a.m.:

So here’s an abrupt wake-up call: As I was putting this story together on the bus to the rink, the overhead compartment above my seat became inundated and poured about half a cup of rainwater directly onto my keyboard. This is a sturdy computer, though, no doubt strengthened from years of abuse on planes, trains, buses and the deep freeze of the Staples Center press box, so it handled the dousing like a champ. There were no shocks, no screen distortions. If anything, the computer nobly protected me from a dreaded case of Wet Blogger Leg.

Before the Kings’ 11:30 a.m. morning skate I’ll have sound from the Panthers’ room, which should include a chat with two-time Stanley Cup winner Willie Mitchell. Sunrise, Florida is as far away from Port McNeill, British Columbia as you can get while playing in the National Hockey League, but from all indications, Mitchell is enjoying the South Florida lifestyle as he looks to captain the Cats back into the playoffs for the first time since the 2011-12 season and only the second time since 1999-00. The Panthers have won three playoff series in their existence, all of which came in their 1996 Cinderella run to the Stanley Cup Final, where they were defeated in four games by the Colorado Avalanche.

If you don’t get 10/10 in this quiz, I will feel I have failed you: Is this quote from Joe Biden or L.A. Kings coach Darryl Sutter? (via Washington Post)

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Adrian Kempe

#9 | 6′ 2″ | 195 lb | Age: 21

Born: September 13, 1996
Birthplace: Kramfors, SWE
Position: LW
Handedness: Left

Bio

Kempe was selected by the Kings in the first round (29th overall) in the 2014 NHL Draft.
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Alex Iafallo

#19 | 6′ | 185 lb | Age: 23

Born: December 21, 1993
Birthplace: Eden, NY, USA
Position: C
Handedness: Left

Bio

Iafallo was signed by the Kings as an unrestricted free agent on April 18, 2017.
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Anze Kopitar

#11 | 6′ 3″ | 224 lb | Age: 29

Born: August 24, 1987
Birthplace: Jesenice, SVN
Position: C
Handedness: Left

Bio

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.

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Drew Doughty

#8 | 6′ 1″ | 195 lb | Age: 26

Born: December 8, 1989
Birthplace: London, ON, CAN
Position: D
Handedness: Right

Bio

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.

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Jeff Carter

#77 | 6′ 4″ | 215 lb | Age: 31

Born: January 1, 1985
Birthplace: London, ON, CAN
Position: C
Handedness: Right

Bio

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.

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Jonathan Quick

#32 | 6′ 1″ | 218 lb | Age: 30

Born: January 21, 1986
Birthplace: Milford, CT, USA
Position: G
Handedness: Left

Bio

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.

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