Kempe not ruled out for Saturday; Quick practices with group, approaches return - LA Kings Insider

Several LA Kings injury updates:

Adrian Kempe is officially day-to-day with a lower-body injury. He didn’t participate in a lengthy practice Friday, but hasn’t been ruled out for Saturday’s game against Vancouver at Staples Center. “We’re hoping he’ll play tomorrow. We’ll see how that goes, though,” Willie Desjardins said after practice. A better understanding of whether Kempe might be able to face the Canucks will be gained throughout the day on Saturday.

Jonathan Quick, who underwent surgery to repair a torn meniscus on October 30, participated in his first full-team practice on Friday after passing through several injury checkpoints that included getting onto the ice and facing shots in a more controlled environment. Today’s practice, which extended over an hour, included ample special teams work. Quick was tested during the skate, at one point using the broad side of his stick to reach out and rob Tyler Toffoli with an impressively competitive save that drew the notice and hollers of his teammates.

He’s getting pretty close, though no exact date has been shared as to when he might return. “I can’t get you because every day, it’s kind of a building thing, but we’re very happy with his progress. We’re very happy with where he’s at,” Desjardins said. “If there’s no setbacks, then I would expect to see him fairly soon in the lineup.”

He’s approximately a week out, give or take a day. As has been shared, December 1 is the general ballpark as to when he might return. Los Angeles plays at Calgary on November 30 and hosts Carolina on December 2. It wouldn’t be a shock at all to see him travel on the upcoming Western Canada road trip, which begins with a game at Vancouver on Tuesday and continues with an Edmonton-Calgary back-to-back on the 29th and 30th.

If Kempe is not able to go, and the Kings wish to maintain a lineup balance of 12 forwards and six defensemen, they’ll need to make a roster move to recall a forward. I’m told that there won’t be a roster move made on Friday. Related to this decision is Ontario’s home game against Bakersfield at 7:00 p.m. tonight at Citizens Business Bank Arena.

A practice report and a Teach Me feature will follow shortly.

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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.