November 29 practice notes; McNabb skates - LA Kings Insider

Good afternoon from El Segundo, Insiders. Let’s get down to brass tacks.

Today’s alignment:

Yellow: King-Kopitar-Lewis
Blue: Pearson-Carter-Toffoli
Green: Brown-Dowd-Setoguchi
Purple: Gaborik-Shore-Nolan
Red: Clifford-Andreoff-Purcell

-In other words, there were no changes in forward lines (or, for that matter, defensive pairings). The team took the ice prior to 10:00 a.m. and stayed on for the better part of an hour. Because of yesterday’s day off, there were a good amount of skating and transition drills that segued into 3-on-0 rushes and finally concluded with some around-the-net battle and compete work. For a skate that followed a recovery day, it was a mostly typical practice.

-So, what do you know: Brayden McNabb (collarbone) took the ice right as the stragglers were coming back into the dressing room. McNabb said that he had recently been working out and that today was the first time he was able to get on the ice. His schedule hasn’t really changed, though Darryl Sutter did say that he “didn’t expect him to skate for another week, at least.” The defender suffered his injury one month ago today when Colton Parayko fell on him following a battle in the left wing corner in the offensive zone during a 1-0 loss at St. Louis. “He’s at least a month away,” Darryl Sutter said. “He’s still in the healing part of it.”

-After some Darryl Sutter quotes, I’ll post a story on Teddy Purcell, who has two assists in 12 games and has been a healthy scratch in the last two. One question I asked him is if the Kings are asking him to play any different way than how he played in Tampa Bay, Edmonton or Florida. He answered: “those teams haven’t won in the past X number of years and they have here, so they have their philosophy and obviously it works, so I’ve just got to try to do better at it and gain their trust.” In addition to several particulars about his play, he also mentioned confidence as an area that he’s looking to build up.

-Tomorrow’s opponent is San Jose. The Sharks face the Coyotes at the SAP Center tonight, and Martin Jones is getting the nod. Might Los Angeles see Aaron Dell (who has stopped 95 of the 102 shots he’s faced this season) at Staples Center? Let’s talk tomorrow.

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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.