Live Blog: Los Angeles vs Anaheim - LA Kings Insider

Los Angeles Kings 0, Anaheim Ducks 0
Third Period, 10:17 remaining

20:00: One more full period of preseason hockey.
18:40: Montour penalty ends. Full strength.
18:02: Lewis-to-Clifford on a three-on-one-and-a-half. Clifford snaps a quality shot off, but Gibson sticks it away.
15:35: Perry finds space in the offensive zone and tees up a slapshot. Might have caught a piece of Kuemper. It sails high.
13:07: PENALTY ANA. Wagner for holding in the offensive zone.
11:07: Penalty over.
10:17: Heading downstairs, Insiders. And thus ends the preseason live blogging.

20:00: Second period underway.
19:18: PENALTY LAK. Muzzin for roughing.
17:37: PENALTY ANA. Grant for slashing. 4×4 for 18 seconds.
17:20: Four-on-four starts with Iafallo, Kempe, Martinez, Doughty. Iafallo steals the puck behind the Anaheim net and feeds a pinching Doughty, who whistles a shot high.
14:25: MacDermid-Boll scrap. Draw. Guys I’ve spoken with have respect for Jared Boll. Honest, tough, fearless. 569 career games, 1,282 penalty minutes. The two players yap on the way to the penalty box.
13:52: PENALTIES LAK. Forbort for interference, Doughty for unsportsmanlike conduct. 5-on-3 for up to two minutes.
12:20: Solid Kuemper kick save on Montour followed up by a key Folin block on Perry.
11:52: Kings kill off the full two-minute five-on-three. Five Kuemper saves.
10:39: PENALTY ANA. Wagner for tripping.
10:29: Ducks generate a two-on-one immediately after winning a faceoff in their own end. Wagner races down the right wing, cuts to the left, but doesn’t get off a terrific opportunity before colliding with the crossbar and knocking the net off its moorings.
10:00: Kopitar one-timer. Doesn’t get all of it, but still forces Gibson to make a left pad save.
8:57: PENALTY LAK. Kempe for holding. Handcuffed by a puck at the blue line, he held up Rasmussen while trying to ensure the Duck forward didn’t skate in on a breakaway.
7:40: More good goaltending. Kuemper on Fowler, who sliced through the L.A. defense into a dangerous area.
6:57: Kings kill the penalty, but Anaheim generated good looks.
1:22: Forbort gets a stick on Sabourin’s attempt from the low slot, which trickles into the corner. The two look somewhat alike.
0:41: PENALTY ANA. Montour for holding. Slow period.
0:00: Zeroes after two.

20:00: Final preseason game: GO
19:32: Well, here we go. PENALTIES, LAK, ANA. Extra minor to Martinez for cross-checking. Boll stands Martinez up with a heavy hit that on the only replay I saw appeared to be legal. Clifford comes to his defense and fights Boll. Exhausting fight; some glancing blows, but no KO. Ducks to the power play. Extra 10 for Clifford.
18:43: Perry takes a bit of a run at Forbort, knocking him to the ice during a Kuemper cover. Brown knocks Perry to the ice.
17:32: Kings back at full strength.
14:28: Good hit by Muzzin at the red line separates Kase from the puck.
12:55: Grade-B+ Doughty slapshot from the tops of the circles. Blockered away by Gibson. Good save.
11:12: PENALTY ANA. Shaw for goaltender interference.
10:20: Carter wrist shot from distance through traffic makes Gibson work.
9:22: Muzzin snapper catches the outside of the stick-side post.
9:12: Power play over.
7:55: Excellent pressure by Iafallo-Shore-Lewis. (Clifford was off serving a 10-minute misconduct.) All three swarming the net; quality Iafallo looks from the slot. Good ability to work behind the net, an added emphasis that Pierre Turgeon has incorporated into the attack.
5:59: Dowd chance from the slot turned away.
4:00: Did Shore just circle back to his blue line with a three-on-two developing?
2:58: Grade-A Pearson chances. High quality Gibson saves.
1:51: PENALTY ANA. Boll for holding. Several quality looks with traffic in front from the point and the right circle. Gibson excellent thus far.
0:55: Carter chips a puck over the net from close range off a deft Brown touch.
0:00: Period over. L.A. all over a depleted Anaheim squad, but Gibson (and Kuemper) rose to the occasion. Shots after one are 13-6 in favor of the Kings.

Pre-game notes

Expected Kings lineup:




-I’ll update that if anything changes. Inclined to say that Kuemper and Campbell will split time in net, but I’m not entirely sure on that.

-Referees are #17 Frederick L’Ecuyer and #34 Brad Meier. Linesmen are #82 Ryan Galloway and #66 Darren Gibbs.

-Kings starters: Kuemper, Muzzin-Martinez, Clifford-Shore-Kuemper

-I’ll be talking with Bill Ranford and sharing an update on competition for roster spots on the LA Kings Live pre-game show. With an L.A. win, I’ll be on the bench with one of the game’s three stars.

-Lead photo via Juan Ocampo/NHLI

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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.