Waking up with the Kings: February 25 - LA Kings Insider

Forward Dustin Brown perfectly summed up the situation where the NHL reviewed his scoring opportunity in the last 10 seconds of the Kings’ 4-3 loss to the Oilers that was called a goal, and then overturned. Said Brown, “At the end of the day though we can’t wait til the last 10 seconds to score a goal like that, so but at the end of the day I think it’s a goal.” Even if the goal should have counted, in the team’s opinion, the Kings know they shouldn’t have put themselves in that spot of scraping and clawing in the last minute against an Oilers team that had the third-lowest record in the Pacific Division. Los Angeles allowed the first goal for the third straight game, and for the seventh time in their last nine, and got down 2-0. Then less than three minutes after forward Tyler Toffoli brought the game to 2-1, the Oilers increased their lead to 3-1. Los Angeles played a strong third period, but it was too little too late. The Kings are now two points out of the final Pacific Division playoff spot and Wild Card position – though the team has a game in hand on the groups in those spots, the Anaheim Ducks and Calgary Flames.

Forward Jeff Carter was back, and he looked mostly like his old self, coming off being out since October because of a cut that required surgery for an injured tendon in his ankle. He played 17:36, won 68.8 percent of his faceoffs and fired four shots on goal. He was also a plus-1. It may take him some time to get back into the full rhythm of games, but even if he’s not 100 percent, he’s still one of the NHL’s best options as a second-line center. Plus, it seemed like his presence in the lineup sparked Toffoli, his longtime linemate who scored his second goal in his last 20 games. If Toffoli can get going, that could be a big boost for Los Angeles’ offense. Lastly, the Tobias Rieder acquisition has looked pretty solid through his first two games with the team. The forward scored a goal and his speed enabled him to create chances. Plus he seems to play an honest all-around game. Overall on paper, the Kings look relatively deep and have a stable of healthy players who can play different ways, but they have to start to make a move at some point as they get into the stretch run.

Lead photo via Rob Curtis/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.