Waking up with the Kings: October 30 - LA Kings Insider

The Kings-Blues rivalry is an interesting one, and we’ve been through enough games between the teams to know that a scoreless tie through two periods is generally good news for Los Angeles. (Including playoffs, the teams have played four 1-0 games since March 22, 2012, and last night’s was the first won by St. Louis.) But there was no Jeff Carter early third period or shootout marker, and instead a rapid fire passing play finished off by Jaden Schwartz after Jori Lehtera made an excellent play to neutralize Trevor Lewis, who attempted to receive Jake Muzzin’s pass along the boards, served as the difference in a game in which the Kings owned the advantage in shots on goal, if not the scoring chances. But both goaltenders faced a collection of quality chances – Tanner Pearson owned several of L.A.’s best looks on Jake Allen, while Peter Budaj was magnificent at the other end of the ice, especially when robbing Paul Stastny with a ludicrous toe save in the first period – and the Blues more consistently generated the high quality looks in a game in which the Kings had their opportunities as well.

Los Angeles Kings v St Louis Blues

Another game, another casualty. The Kings have taken the ice all of eight times this year, and are without a forward slated to play on the top line, their all-world workhorse goaltender and now a young defenseman who was emerging as one of the team’s more encouraging stories of the young season. There’s no firm word on what Brayden McNabb’s injury is, or how long it may sideline him for, but my senses are telling me this isn’t one of your more typical, day-to-day-type dings. As the team has admirably weathered key losses through its first seven games and found ways to win, they will have to continue to do so with increasingly rigid circumstances. This is a group with a good constitution that plays with excellent structure under a coaching staff and leadership committee that has experienced more success than all other NHL teams, save for tonight’s opponent. It’s not as if there wasn’t this outlook before, but the all hands on deck, Row the Boat mentality will be of utmost importance during this early season spate of injuries. Is there a breaking point? The schedule offers no favors, with Chicago, Anaheim and Pittsburgh on the immediate docket.

Los Angeles Kings v St. Louis Blues

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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.