Waking up with the Kings: February 20 - LA Kings Insider

It doesn’t seem all too long ago that the Kings were struggling at the starts of their games. Whatever the issue was, the team seems to have corrected it in a big way. On Monday, the Kings outscored the Blackhawks 3-0 in the first two periods of their 3-1 win. Overall, they’ve outscored their opponents 7-0 in the first two periods of their last two games and 3-0 in the first period. Before these last two games, the Kings had been scored on first in every previous game of their road-trip. In their first four games of the road-trip they were outscored 6-1 in the first period alone. Suddenly, the third period has become an issue, as the team has been outscored 3-0 in that frame the last two games, but ultimately their starts have been so good it hasn’t mattered that much. Against Chicago, the Kings played arguably their best period of the trip in the first, firing 15 shots on goal and allowing just four. The Blackhawks barely mustered anything for two periods, firing 15 shots on goal to the Kings’ 29. Though Chicago has struggled this season, they were coming off a 7-1 victory over the Washington Capitals, which showed they still had some life left in their long-shot chase for the playoffs. The Kings smothered them early, hurting whatever lingering good vibes they had from that game.

(Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Coach John Stevens has harped on secondary scoring, and the Kings have gotten some in bunches of late. In this game, Los Angeles got a goal from Torrey Mitchell and another from Andy Andreoff. Andreoff’s goal was his fifth point of the road-trip. His offense has been a big reason why Los Angeles can come out of this long voyage over .500 with a win over the Jets. Mitchell’s goal was his fourth of the season, but his second of the road trip. Dion Phaneuf scored a goal, but it’s less his offense that has been impressive and more his defense with partner Alec Martinez. Phaneuf’s physical game and Martinez’s heady defensive game have provided a nice complement to one another and could provide some level of a shutdown pair moving forward. In regards to their offense, however, Phaneuf’s goal was his second on the man-advantage, coming off an assist from Martinez. Before this road-trip Jonathan Quick had gone 1-7-0 with an .874 save percentage. Now six games into the trip, Quick has played in every game and held a .936 save percentage. He was the big difference in the third period, making big save after big save to keep the Blackhawks at bay.

Lead photo via Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images

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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.