Additional news and notes from an early practice in El Segundo before the flight east:
–There were no actual line rushes, though alignment in drills suggested some adjustments up front. The forward groups were Iafallo-Kopitar-Brown, Kovalchuk-Carter-Toffoli, Leipsic-Kempe-Hagelin and Clifford-Lewis-Wagner, with Michael Amadio skating as an extra. Keep in mind there are rumblings that Washington and Los Angeles are talking trade – Carl Hagelin is among the names to have surfaced – so stand by on the forward alignment. (Isabelle Khurshudyan of the Washington Post has more context from Washington’s perspective here.) On the back end, there may be some movement as well, as Oscar Fantenberg was taking some shifts alongside Drew Doughty. Keep in mind there’s an odd number of healthy defensemen, so pairs were rotating regularly. Let’s talk lineups tomorrow at the morning skate.
–Sean Walker (facial trauma) wasn’t wearing a face shield and is available at the outset of this trip. “He looks like he’s good,” Willie Desjardins said. Matt Roy still looked to be getting rotations alongside Dion Phaneuf for the most part, so it’s possible Walker’s re-entry may have to wait for another game or two.
–Alec Martinez (upper-body) did not skate, nor did he travel with the team to Nashville. He’s unlikely to join the team on the trip. “I can’t see him joining, no, because he has to get some practice in,” Desjardins said. “Even if he’s ready, he still needs a couple days of practice, for sure.”
–Desjardins, on a home stand in which the Kings were weighed down by losing critical moments: “It’s really disappointing coming home, because it’s not like we didn’t play well. At home we played good enough to get points, but we didn’t, and that’s really frustrating because we know where we’re at and we know what we need to do. The Boston game, we were there and we let it slip away. The Vancouver game, same, we could’ve gotten more. And then the last game against Washington, that’s a high-end team. Guys played well. We didn’t give them very much, we just couldn’t create. Lots of good things, but nothing to show.”
–The LA Kings are launching what they’re describing as “the first Augmented Reality (AR) Blockchain authentication platform in the world specifically developed to help secure professional sports merchandise and memorabilia,” which helps ensure that game-used merchandise purchased is authentic.
On Monday, AEG Sports COO Kelly Cheeseman promoted the app and explained its use on FOX Business Network.
This release explains how this platform will be of use to Kings fans.
–Condolences, love and light to the Brickley family, and rest in peace, Matt Brickley.
The entire LA Kings organization is thinking of Daniel Brickley and his family as they grieve the loss of Daniel's father, Matt ❤️ pic.twitter.com/pCO9Fe0dhN
— LA Kings (@LAKings) February 20, 2019
–Lead photo via Adam Pantozzi/NHLI