September 30 morning skate notes; Clifford quotes, Dowd audio - LA Kings Insider

Good afternoon to you from the base of Mt. Loud. If you are unfamiliar with Mt. Loud, it is The Peak of Noise. Don’t try to find it on any maps.

The Kings took the ice at the Pepsi Center shortly before 11:30 a.m. and aligned as such:

Wagner-Bjorkstrand-Bissonnette (extras)

Reddekopp-Cernak (extras)

Flinn (extra)

-Welcome back, Jeff Carter. The veteran forward is expected to make his preseason debut after undergoing a lower-body injury in training shortly before World Cup camps opened. I’ll look to speak with him for a few minutes after today’s game to gauge his progress after his first exhibition game.

-Slated to play in their third preseason game: Tom Gilbert, Nic Dowd, Kyle Clifford, Teddy Purcell, Paul LaDue, Derek Forbort, Matt Greene, Kevin Gravel and Michael Mersch. I spoke with Gilbert about how many games he needs in the preseason before he reaches a level of comfort with a new team, and he told me, “Obviously as many as you can is probably the best way to do it. If it’s good for you not to play every preseason game, probably not. But four or five is probably a good number to get used to systems and new guys.” He says he feels good after having played two games thus far; Gilbert leads the team with four points (all assists) this preseason.

-Colorado is expected to ice an NHL/AHL tweener lineup tonight; Semyon Varlamov is expected to start in goal. Via their lineup sheet, these players should be expected to wear burgundy and blue tonight: Chris Bigras, Erik Johnson, Troy Burke, Turner Elson, Duncan Siemens, Nikita Zadorov, Mike Sislo, Rene Bourque, Mikhail Grigorenko, Andreas Martinsen, Patrick Wiercioch, Nathan MacKinnon, Jim O’Brien, J.T. Compher, Sam Henley, A.J. Greer, Anton Lindholm and Gabriel Bourque.

-No, tonight’s game is not televised. Nick and Darryl will have the audio call on AM 790, and I’ll host the running live blog.

Nic Dowd, on his line’s success against Anaheim, and what he’d like to see tonight:

Kyle Clifford, on working with Nic Dowd and Teddy Purcell this preseason:
Obviously those are two skilled guys who move the puck really well, so my job’s just to go to the net and get open. They obviously have good structure and good detail, and that’s a big thing for our line to have success.

Clifford, on the next step he’d like to see in the third preseason game:
Just getting a better feel for the puck. I think the last game the detail and the execution was there. Now it’s just bringing it all together.

-Later today I should have a story up on Tanner Pearson and a wrap-up photo gallery from the World Cup. Enjoy your Friday, Insiders…

If only there was a name for this line…

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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.