Waking up with the Kings: March 22 - LA Kings Insider

Several abbreviated thoughts on the Kings’ 5-2 loss in Nashville:

-After a conservative, chess match-like first period in which the Predators had the edge in scoring chances but the Kings took more shots on goal, a three-goal second period outburst turned Monday night’s game into a boat race, even if Los Angeles scored twice in the first half of the third period to make things awfully interesting. There were two critical stretches of play in the game. The first occurred when Tanner Pearson, trailing 1-0, angled towards Pekka Rinne on a contested breakaway and was able to open up the goaltender before slipping a backhand between his legs that trickled just wide of the far post. Shortly after that maneuver, the Kings were caught in a line change that resulted in a too many men on the ice call, and Mike Fisher scored on the ensuing power play in what what very well may have been a two-goal swing. The other key turning point, obviously, was Ryan Johansen’s deflection goal on Shea Weber’s wrister towards the net midway through the third period that heavily blunted Los Angeles’ comeback after Drew Doughty and Alec Martinez had scored to pull the Kings within one and Nick Shore’s line had opportunities from close range to find the equalizer. While L.A. showed resilience in nearly overcoming a three-goal deficit, the Predators are a very good hockey team that notched one of those statement-type wins in coming away with their first victory against the Kings in three tries this season.

Los Angeles Kings v Nashville Predators

-Nashville’s penalty killing entered the game red hot with 22 consecutive kills and finished the night with a 4-for-4 performance. Los Angeles’ power play moved the puck around pretty well, especially the first unit, but weren’t able to break through with a “big” power play goal that could have tipped the scales in the game. Without the services of Marian Gaborik or Kris Versteeg, Luke Schenn saw an uptick in his usage with the man advantage and finished with 3:19 of power play time.

Los Angeles Kings v Nashville Predators

-Though Drew Doughty scored and Anze Kopitar rang up a pair of assists, the Kings’ top players were only OK in the loss, which isn’t really a major concern considering the types of contributions they had provided over the past two weeks. They were at their best in the third period, though Jeff Carter, Tyler Toffoli, Milan Lucic and Kopitar combined for six shots on goal, with four of those coming from Kopitar. At even strength, that group combined for four shots on goal. Credit, again, is due to a Predators team that entered the night tied for the league lead with 27.3 shots against per game. The Kings rang up 30 by virtue of a 13-shot third period in which they tilted the ice, but the home team did a good job of controlling the puck, forechecking and limiting clean entries out of the defensive zone, which put a cap on the number of rush changes Los Angeles was able to generate.

Los Angeles Kings v Nashville Predators

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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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