Good morning, St. Louis - LA Kings Insider

Good morning, Insiders, good morning, St. Louis, and good morning, final stop of a six-city trip.

Who’s up for some St. Louis Roulette? Regular blog participants understand that when visiting St. Louis there’s a good chance of drawing one of three dreaded rooms: Bright Lights, Big City; Metal Grommet Apocalypse; or Ventilation Vibrations.

On this trip, I am sad to report that LAKI has drawn Bright Lights, Big City. No matter how snugly you wedge an ottoman in front of the tightly drawn shades, artificial light will pour through unguarded cracks into the room from the illuminated facade of the building and the brilliantly lit parking structure across the street. There is nothing you can do about this but be thankful that you did not draw Metal Grommet Apocalypse on a windy night.

Whenever we leave an arena, there are two buses. There’s the players/coaches bus, and there’s the “media” bus, which the broadcasters, FOX crew and bloggers are on. I’m rarely ever a part of the post-game conversations because I’m trying to churn out coach quotes quickly before boarding the plane, but I did remove the headphones several times last night, and each time I did, the energy from the final 0.9 seconds of the game hadn’t dissipated. At any given point of the ride from TD Garden to Logan International, someone was either re-watching the game-winner on their phone or sharing some impression about how it was unprecedented in their years of following, broadcasting or traveling with the team.

The energy was sustained by the Dodgers’ ninth inning rally. I had just ascended the jetway stairs when Cody Bellinger doubled in Corey Seager to take a ninth inning lead – thank you, FOX Sports GO – and after Austin Barnes’ sacrifice fly brought in another run, the Kings’ two-goal scorer joined several of us near the back of the plane to watch Joc Pederson’s home run drive in another three. Sports, sports, sports, sports.

The Kings are scheduled to skate at 12:30 at Scottrade Center this afternoon, but we’ll see how many players take the ice for the final practice of an 11-day trip. Waking up with the Kings will follow. 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.