March 28 morning skate notes - LA Kings Insider

Good afternoon, Insiders. The Kings and Oilers face off for the fourth time this season and third and final time at Rogers Place tonight (6:00 p.m. PT / FOX Sports West / KABC 790 / I Heart Radio). Los Angeles’ morning skate was optional, and while there were no actual line rushes held, there were still several bits to share. Among them:

-Ben Bishop was the only goalie to take the ice, but he remained on late for extra work, an indication that Jonathan Quick will draw the start. Marian Gaborik was among those to stay late with Bishop, so he could be out of tonight’s lineup. Gaborik was a healthy scratch in two games this season: the 1-0 loss in Boston on December 18 and the 4-1 win over Anaheim on February 25. As always, these are hints and not firm indications that a player is definitively in or out. “Wait for the song,” it has been said once or twice.

-Tonight marks the third time the Kings have played in the Oilers’ new home, so it was worth asking around to get a sense of the feel the players receive from the arena. “It’s a good atmosphere for a new building,” Dustin Brown said. “Some of these new buildings you go into, and the atmosphere is better than some of the newer buildings I’ve been in, partly and probably because of the excitement around the team. The ice is good.” Keep in mind that the Rexall Place ice surface was often referred to as one of the best in the league 10 years ago. “My first game in Rexall was really good and I think it wavered, kind of. I mean, it’s all relative. I play in Staples 41 times a year, so anything’s good,” he said. Interestingly, Brown referenced Gila River Arena as having very good ice, which he credited to the lack of humidity in Arizona. More from Brown later this afternoon.

-Meanwhile, Cam Talbot will start in net for Edmonton. Other Oilers notes:

-More to come shortly, including some notes on several Kings drafted players. Tonight’s officials are referees Kyle Rehman and Steve Kozari, and the linesmen are Brian Mach and Mark Wheler. Let’s talk soon, Insiders.

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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.