Waking up with the Kings: February 16 - LA Kings Insider

Last night’s game for the Kings was far better than their previous contest against the Carolina Hurricanes, but ultimately the end result was the same in a 3-1 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins. Goaltender Jonathan Quick was excellent with 36 saves but the offense couldn’t figure out a way to get more than one puck past Pittsburgh goaltender Matt Murray. Coming into the game, the team knew that the Penguins’ power play was how the team got its momentum – it was the league’s best at 26.7 percent – and a late penalty kill doomed the Kings, leading to forward Zach Aston-Reese’s game-winner. In their last five games, the Kings are at 61.1 percent on the PK. Also, interestingly in this game the Kings seemed to struggle more in the third period than earlier frames, which generally isn’t the case for them. According to Naturalstattrick, the Kings attempted 21 shots to the Penguins’ 12 in the first frame, while they attempted 11 to the Pens’ 28 in the third period.As far as the new guys, defenseman Dion Phaneuf and forward Nate Thompson were solid. Phaneuf played 18:56 and scored his first goal since late October. Thompson played 3:28 on the penalty kill. Having Phaneuf gives the coaching staff a nice luxury of having two defense pairs that they can roll out against any team’s top line and feel comfortable with the match-up. His addition gives the Kings some of the best defensive depth they’ve had in a while. As far as depth goes, the Kings fell to 0-3-0 without forward Trevor Lewis in the lineup on this road-trip. One player generally doesn’t make that much of a difference, but Lewis helped solidify the team’s bottom-six, and not having him hurts their match-ups on lower lines. Looking ahead, it’s hard to quantify any game in mid-February as ‘must-win’ but the fact that the Kings didn’t get any points out of the Pittsburgh game sets up a situation where they need to get something out of their game at the Buffalo Sabres on Saturday — anything to get some good vibes moving forward.

Lead photo via Jeanine Leech/Icon Sportswire

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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.