Friday preseason game expected lines; Gaborik chat - LA Kings Insider

Good morning, Insiders. Here are the lines and pairings for tonight’s game against Anaheim, as indicated by line rushes at the morning skate:

Lucic – Kopitar – O’Neill
Pearson – Carter – Toffoli
Clifford – Andreoff – Lewis
Mersch – Weal – Brown

Muzzin – Martinez
McNabb – McBain
Gravel – Forbort


-Tonight’s game starts at 7:00 p.m. and will be televised by the Ducks’ broadcast crew on Prime Ticket and carried nationally by the NHL Network. The game can also be heard on KABC 790 and I Heart Radio.

-Bear with minimal afternoon content and a potential delay in the game blog; I have a 2:00 p.m. meeting, followed by a 3:30 p.m. doctors appointment. Surely it’s a breeze to get from West Los Angeles to Anaheim during Friday rush hour, right? PRAY FOR MOJO

-A few quotes from Marian Gaborik, who isn’t slated to play tonight but shared some thoughts with LA Kings Insider after yesterday’s practice:

On how many preseason games he needs to feel comfortable for the start of the season:
I don’t know, like four games or something like that. We’ll see, it all depends. We have a couple days of scrimmage, that wasn’t the case in the past. It’s almost like a game, but obviously not like the real game. In the three games we have left I’m sure I’ll play.

On the looks he had with Milan Lucic on the left wing:
Everybody knows his strength and how powerful he is. Obviously we didn’t get the looks we wanted, but we still have some work to do. I think we’ll be OK.

On whether his game changes moving back to the right wing:
Well, I have to get used to it a little bit in the defensive zone. But also, there are more options from the right side going in offensively – you can take the guy wide, kind of hit the second wave, stop and go moves. I’ll have to work on those things, but I’ll be OK.

On being the oldest player in the room:
Yeah, that’s the kind of thing that’s interesting. So it tells you that our team is not that old and we have a good team. It’s kind of funny. [Reporter: Time flies.] Yeah, exactly.

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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.