January 13 practice notes - LA Kings Insider

Good afternoon from El Segundo, where the Kings returned to the ice for practice after a day off on Tuesday. In reconvening, they aligned as such:

Red: Lucic-Kopitar-Toffoli
Blue: King-Carter-Pearson
White: Lewis-Lecavalier-Gaborik
Yellow: Mersch-Shore-Brown
Green: Andreoff-Nolan

-So, there have been a few changes from Monday night. Also worth noting: There are still three full days before Saturday afternoon’s game against Ottawa, so it’s still possible that the alignment could evolve prior to then. I’ve been asked about Pearson lining up on the left side, which is something you see occasionally. Off the top of my head, one game in particular this season that I recall him lining up on the right side was the 3-0 win at St. Louis on November 3, and he scored in that game.

-Kyle Clifford (IR / upper-body) took the ice while the lengthy practice was winding down. There’s no firm timetable on when he might return, and he’ll still need to ramp up his conditioning before he’s on the verge of getting cleared for game action.

-On the three days without a game, Darryl Sutter shared what the thrust at practice this week will be. “Hopefully it gets everybody on the ice,” he said. “Get through the next three or four days – touch wood – having a full slate going into the weekend.” For what it’s worth, I’m hearing that the team won’t skate tomorrow because of a Children’s Hospital Los Angeles visit.

-Regarding Anze Kopitar, the sense I’m getting is that the deal won’t be announced today. (As of this morning, the contract hadn’t been finalized, but it was close.) There is a chance that the deal could be announced later this week. As always, I’ll share the updates I receive.

-Poor Dwight King, who has to be leading the league in blunt force injuries per 60 minutes, if we’re counting the broken foot suffered in the final preseason game. He lost a couple teeth and had a few more pushed back when he was struck in the face early in the game Saturday by a puck Dustin Brown had chipped into the offensive zone.

“A little dental work done, but it’s one of those things where he got a turnover and tried to throw it to the net, and I had seen him get the puck and went to the net, and when I turned around, [I was struck.] There’s nothing much you can do about it,” he said.

King has been wearing a protective mask that he says hasn’t been giving him any issues.

“You get used to it in warm-ups,” he said.

-We spoke with Kopitar and Vincent Lecavalier this morning. More stories to follow, including Darryl Sutter quotes.


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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.