December 30 postgame notes - LA Kings Insider

-With the win, Los Angeles improved to 109-103-36 all-time against Vancouver, a record that includes a road mark of 43-61-18. The Kings are 6-4-1 in their last 11 visits (and 9-4-1 in their last 14 visits, including playoffs) to Rogers Arena and are 1-1-0 in this year’s season series with games remaining January 23 at Rogers Arena and March 12 at Staples Center.

-Los Angeles improved to 8-6-4 against the Western Conference, 4-4-3 against the Pacific Division, 9-5-5 in one-goal games, 11-9-3 when their opponent scores first, 8-2-2 when leading after the first period, 8-1-1 when tied after two periods, 10-4-2 when outshooting their opponents and 18-0-3 when scoring at least three goals.

-The Kings finished 8-3-2 in December after going 6-6-2 in November and 9-2-1 in October. They are 24-11-6 in December over the last three seasons.

-By outscoring their opponent 2-1 in the third period, Los Angeles improved to +26 in third period goal differential, while Vancouver fell to -13.

-In a stretch of five consecutive games against Pacific Division teams, the Kings are 1-1-1 (2-0 L @ SJS; 2-3 OTL vs VGK; 4-3 W @ VAN; 1/2/18 @ EDM; 1/4/18 @ CGY)

-Marian Gaborik’s power play goal was only the team’s fifth road power play goal this season. The others were scored by Dustin Brown (@ STL, 10/30/17; @ ANA 11/7/17), Anze Kopitar (@ DET, 11/28/17) and Tyler Toffoli (@ NYI, 12/16/17)

-Drew Doughty scored his 99th career goal, tying Steve Duchesne for second place all-time amongst Kings defensemen. It was his 24th career game-winning goal, moving him one GWG behind Charlie Simmer (25 GWG) for 10th place on the franchise’s all-time list.

-Alec Martinez played his 454th career game, surpassing Jaroslav Modry for 10th place all-time amongst Kings defensemen.

-Tyler Toffoli (1-2=3) recorded his first three-point game since a two-goal, three-point night in a 4-1 win at Detroit on December 15, 2016.

-Los Angeles attempted 64 shots (36 on goal, 19 blocked, 9 missed). Vancouver attempted 44 shots (25 on goal, 12 blocked, 7 missed). Anze Kopitar, Tyler Toffoli and Brock Boeser tied with a game-high four shots on goal.

-The Kings won 34-of-62 faceoffs (55%). Adrian Kempe won 5-of-13, Anze Kopitar won 13-of-23, Nick Shore won 6-of-11, Trevor Lewis won 2-of-2, Dustin Brown won 0-of-1, Jussi Jokinen won 6-of-9, Torrey Mitchell won 1-of-2 and Tyler Toffoli won 1-of-1.

-Lead photo via Jeff Vinnick/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.