February 15 practice notes; Nolan skates for first time - LA Kings Insider

Good afternoon from El Segundo, Insiders. We know what you’re looking for. LINES. Today, the Kings reconvened at Toyota Sports Center and began trickling onto the ice at 9:35 a.m. local time. Once they got down to brass tacks, they aligned as such:

Yellow: Kempe-Kopitar-Toffoli
Blue: Pearson-Carter-Brown
White: Clifford-Dowd-Gaborik-Andreoff
Purple: King-Shore-Lewis

-The defensive pairs rotated, so it wasn’t possible to get a firm sense of the three slots for Thursday’s game against Arizona. There were three goalies on the ice: Peter Budaj, Jeff Zatkoff and Jonathan Quick. There is no change in Quick’s status; he continues to practice with the team. Early March is the earliest date he could be activated. We’re still a little ways off from targeting actual dates.

-Jordan Nolan took the ice late in practice wearing a red non-contact jersey. This was the first time he had skated since suffering a muscle pull in the team’s previous home game, the 5-0 blanking of Colorado on February 1. There’s no timetable yet on his return, but by appearing on the ice at the end of the practice, he’s showing progress.

-Teams coming out of the NHL-mandated bye week are 3-8-1. “I think physically there’s not much you can do,” Dustin Brown said. “It’s more the mental side that can maybe make up for the physical. If you’re mentally sharp, that goes a long way. Physically, five days off the ice when you’re used to skating everyday, it’s something different right? That’s why today’s important, but if you can get to tip-top shape mentally then it can maybe offset the physical part – the fumbling, the timing. If you’re there mentally, that’s probably the more important part.” More from Brown to come.

-With Devin Setoguchi having been assigned to Ontario, Tom Gilbert having been traded to Washington, Paul LaDue and Adrian Kempe call-ups and three goaltenders practicing, there was some interesting locker placement in the L.A. room. Without a roster spot as he vies to return from a groin strain, Jonathan Quick occupied the large, corner-room stall previous used by veterans Willie Mitchell, Robyn Regehr, Christian Ehrhoff, Matt Greene and Tom Gilbert in recent seasons. Nick Shore, who had been the youngest player on the team prior to Kempe’s call-up, moved across the room to the more veteran row of lockers, where he was flanked by Jeff Carter and Marian Gaborik. Kempe moved towards the caddy-corner from Quick, where Shore had previously been set up. Remember all of this because there will be a quiz next week.

Photos from earlier today, via Jon Bradley:

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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.