April 1: Quick, Kovalchuk in; Calgary resting players; lineup notes - LA Kings Insider

INSIDERS. A wonderful Monday to you. Dustin Brown will be honored and Anze Kopitar will play his 1,000th game tonight at Staples Center (7:00 p.m. / Prime Ticket / FOX Sports app / LA Kings Audio Network), a game expected to feature the following alignment:




— The vitals: Jonathan Quick will start in goal versus Calgary, against whom he is 14-8-5 with a 1.85 goals-against average, a .925 save percentage and four shutouts in 28 career outings. It’s the first night of two back-to-back sets – the LA Kings are 5-4-1 in first nights thus far, winning once in regulation – that account for the four final games of the season. The expectation is that Jack Campbell will start Tuesday night in Arizona. Dion Phaneuf and Paul LaDue remained on the ice for some extra work and are projected scratches, while Willie Desjardins confirmed that Ilya Kovalchuk would enter the lineup in place of Jonny Brodzinski. “I think he can add some things in different areas,” Desjardins said. “He wasn’t with us on the trip, so that’s why he didn’t play against Chicago coming back in.”

— Their vitals: David Rittich goes for the Flames, who will rest a number of regulars tonight. Rittich earned a shutout in his only career start against the Kings, stopping 21 shots in a 1-0 Calgary win on November 10. Via Pat Steinberg of Sportsnet 960, the Flames will sit forwards Michael Backlund (21 goals, 47 points) and Matthew Tkachuk (34 goals, 77 points) and defensemen TJ Brodie (9 goals, 34 points), Noah Hanifin (5 goals, 33 points), Travis Hamonic (7 goals, 18 points) and Norris Trophy candidate Mark Giordano (17 goals, 74 points). They’re expected to ice a lineup of Gaudreau-Monahan-Lindholm, Bennett-Jankowski-Neal, Mangiapane-Ryan-Hathaway and Frolik-Quine-Czarnik up front and defensive pairings of Fantenberg-Andersson, Valikamki-Prout and Kylington-Stone. Calgary clinched the Pacific Division last night with a 5-3 win at San Jose. This was Calgary’s third division title since the creation of the Pacific Division in 1993. It has also been won by Anaheim and San Jose six times, Dallas five times, Colorado three time, and Arizona/Phoenix and Vegas once. Los Angeles, Vancouver and Edmonton have never won the Pacific, though the Canucks and Oilers, like the Flames, were in the Northwest Division from 1998-2013.

— Note the 7:00 start time, Insiders. The LA Kings Live pre-game show begins at 6:30 p.m., with puck drop coming at 7:15 after the conclusion of Dustin Brown’s ceremony.

— And again, because @LAKings and @LAKingsInsider will be flooded with questions about this later, tonight is the Brown ceremony. Anze Kopitar also happens to be playing his 1,000th game. The ceremony to honor Kopitar will take place on Saturday, prior to the season finale against Vegas, because teams traditionally honor 1,000-game veterans in their first home game after setting reaching the milestone. This is very much like Mr. Show’s Pre-Taped Call-In Show bit:

— Lots more to come on Kopitar, Insiders. Tonight’s officials are referees Furman South and Tom Chmielewski and linesmen Brian Mach and Travis Gawryletz. Let’s talk soon.

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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.