October 29 morning skate notes - LA Kings Insider

Good afternoon from downtown St. Louis. The essentials:

-No changes are expected to the Kings’ lineup. Via rushes, here’s what to expect:

Extras: Purcell, Nolan

Extra: Greene

No surprises: Peter Budaj left the ice first at the morning skate and is expected to start in net against St. Louis. Teddy Purcell, Jordan Nolan and Matt Greene remained on for extra work with Jack Campbell and aren’t expected to play tonight.

-There were some terrific quotes from both coaches this morning. I’ll share some of Ken Hitchcock’s quotes as part of a story saved for later today, but Darryl Sutter said, “You’ve got to remember, we started in black and white, right? Now we’re into HD3 and all that stuff, so we’ve been at it through many decades and won lots against each other and lost lots against each other, so there’s a respect amongst older coaches. That’s one of the best parts of going to St. Louis and Chicago, Ken Hitchcock and Joel Quenneville.” Sutter’s next win will be his 600th as a head coach.

-Including playoffs, the Kings have won 19 of the last 26 in the series, and have points in four straight (albeit with a 2-0-2 record). The Blues won the season series last year for the first time since the 2010-11 series.

-As for St. Louis, the Blues are expected to start Jake Allen in net. The lines, courtesy of Chris Pinkert: Perron-Stastny-Steen, Lehtera-Schwartz-Tarasenko, Fabbri-Berglund-Yakupov and Jaskin-Brodziak-Reaves, with defensive pairings of Bouwmeester-Pietrangelo, Gunnarson-Shattenkirk and Edmundson-Parayko. The Blues have scored one goal in four of the last five, with the outlier coming in the form of a 6-4 win at Calgary one week ago. Robert Bortuzzo (lower-body) is out.


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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.