Monday morning links: February 23 - LA Kings Insider

After a Sunday off-day, the Kings will take the ice at 10:30 a.m. on Monday. Let’s get caught up with some Los Angeles and NHL-related news.

The Kings have a two-game homestand this week before heading down to Anaheim (Friday) prior to a quick turnaround as they visit Winnipeg (Sunday afternoon) and Edmonton (Tuesday). The Red Wings face the Ducks tonight in Orange County and will likely be without Henrik Zetterberg, who was hit in the head by Jamie Benn, writes Helene St. James. Teemu Pulkkinen (leg) is questionable tonight, per St. James; Jimmy Howard will start in Anaheim, which opens up the possibility of a Jonas Gustavsson start at Staples Center on Tuesday on the second night of a back-to-back.

The Senators, meanwhile, will be without 18-plus minute-a-night defenseman Jared Cowen, who was hit with a three-game suspension for a head shot on Panthers forward Jussi Jokinen. Defenseman Chris Phillips remains out of the lineup for Ottawa due to a nagging ailment and will not make the trip west with the club, which is 4-1-1 in its last six games behind the goaltending tandem of Robin Lehner and Andrew Hammond. Los Angeles will get Ottawa on the second night of a back-to-back as well, so it’s unclear who they’ll see in net. Craig Anderson practiced today and will make the trip, which opens Wednesday at Honda Center.


Did the general manager of [___NHL TEAM___] play the game? Grantland has a handy guide.

The Stadium Series game continued “a golden era for California hockey,” Helene Elliott writes.

Onward and upward. The Kings are in the thick of a playoff hunt, says Lisa Dillman.

Ho, hum. It’s “business as usual” for these Kings, so says Nicholas J. Cotsonika.

Marian Gaborik is doin’ his thing, writes Shawn Roarke of

Blew your cover, JFTC.

The trade deadline is a week out. lists the top 15 targets.

We’re also a week away from the start of the Voynov trial, and Katie Strang of posted an update on Thursday.

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.