February 26 Morning Skate Notes: Adjusting to new faces, Vegas buys at deadline - LA Kings Insider

The Kings held a full morning skate in advance of their 7:30 p.m. home game against the Vegas Golden Knights and showed the following lines:

Iafallo – Kopitar – Brown

Pearson – Carter – Toffoli

Thompson – Kempe – Rieder

Clifford – Amadio – Mitchell

Forbort – Doughty

Phaneuf – Martinez

Muzzin – Folin

Goaltender Jonathan Quick was the first netminder off the ice, indicating he will start the front end of this back-to-back. Forward Andy Andreoff worked with Michael Amadio’s line on left wing, but stayed on the ice longer than most players, which would generally indicate he won’t play Monday.

The Kings have made several moves the last few weeks in adding Nate Thompson, Dion Phaneuf and Tobias Rieder and saw Jeff Carter come back from injury, which has led to players playing with different teammates than they had most of the year

According to the Kings, the key is to stay true to your game and not think about who you’re playing with. This should make the adjustment easier.

“It’s not really that hard to get to know a player. You know all the players around the league and if they come to our team, you kind of know what kind of player they are,” forward Adrian Kempe said. “Obviously you just want to keep playing your game and see what happens after that. It’s good to have some new guys here. They’ve been doing a solid job for us and they’ve helped us a lot and I think that’s important.”


– The Golden Knights were buyers at Monday’s trading deadline. The team acquired forward Tomas Tatar from the Detroit Red Wings for a 2018 first-round pick, a 2019 second-round and a 2021 third-round draft pick. They also got defenseman Philip Holm from the Vancouver Canucks for forward Brendan Leipsic.

Tatar reportedly may play in tomorrow’s home game for Vegas against the Kings, but not tonight’s in Los Angeles. Holm was assigned to the minors.

The expansion Golden Knights lead the Western Conference with 86 points and are one point behind the Tampa Bay Lightning for the most in the NHL.

“They’re all just hard workers, very responsible at both ends of the ice and they just play the team game the right way,” defenseman Drew Doughty said. “I think it’s just collectively having all those types of players on your team, kind of all the same types of players. I just think that makes your team game better, and that’s why they’ve been so successful really.”

The Golden Knights have scored the second-most goals in the Western Conference, and their high-scoring ways have a lot to do with their transition game.

“They have four pretty deep lines of good, skilled, fast forwards,” Kings defenseman Derek Forbort said. “They’re pretty dangerous in transition and getting pucks going in the offensive zone.”

– The Kings will host and honor the United States women’s Olympic hockey team, Monday at Staples Center. They will be saluted on the ice pre-game and also be featured in a special meet-and-greet with the LA Lions, the all-girls hockey club founded and operated by the Kings. The festivities will begin at 7:34 p.m.

Team USA beat Canada in a shootout at the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics to win their first gold medal since 1998.

Lead photo via Aaron Poole/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.