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Waking up with the Kings

Waking up with the Kings: December 8

It wasn’t a surprise to hear Todd McLellan pin some of Saturday's shortcomings on the compacted schedule in which the LA Kings have played 8 games in 13 nights or 10 in 17, however you’d like to cut it. They haven’t had two full days between games since the nights at Arizona and at Staples Center ag... Read More

Waking up with the Kings: December 7

Again, and as has been shared elsewhere, the previous reviews apply. The Kings were stung by special teams; were very good in five-on-five play; generated scoring opportunities but didn’t cash in on them; had most but not all players going; lost a narrow road game. We’ve written and commented on thi... Read More

Waking up with the Kings: December 5

Several abbreviated thoughts from Wednesday’s 3-1 loss to Washington: -- Similar story, new day. The LA Kings weren’t bad at the outset, they just weren’t able to capitalize on early, momentum-swinging chances and made mistakes that a very good team took advantage of. Jonathan Quick plays aggress... Read More

Waking up with the Kings: December 3

Not as planned! The LA Kings couldn’t shake off their road doldrums and fell 4-2 to Anaheim in a game they trailed 2-0 after 10 minutes and could’ve allowed another goal or two over that stretch. Rickard Rakell forechecked the body and soundly knocked Alex Iafallo off a puck before centering to Jako... Read More

Waking up with the Kings: December 1

The LA Kings banked on a familiar script to beat the Winnipeg Jets by blitzing through them in the first period to take a 2-0 lead before calling on their goaltender to carry them home in a one-goal win. Like the game in Manitoba one month prior, the ice was tilted and the score could have been wide... Read More

Waking up with the Kings: November 30

Not enough skaters had their legs, and Jonathan Quick had an off-day at the end of a very good month, and those two variables will generally conspire to keep the LA Kings from winning any game in San Jose. The final score was 4-1, and while Los Angeles just didn’t create much at all, this was still ... Read More

Waking up with the Kings: November 28

The LA Kings responded well after a first period goal against and through the tight execution of their game plan withstood the pressure from a hard-checking, defensively attuned team. They won important moments of the game and scored decisive victories in both goaltending and special teams, which pr... Read More

Waking up with the Kings: November 26

The heart still beats. Todd McLellan admitted to being “bothered” by some second period doldrums that bottomed out when Los Angeles yielded a low-energy, chase-and-react goal to fall behind 3-0, leading to a fireside chat during the next TV timeout. “I thought we sagged,” he said of San Jose’s secon... Read More

Waking up with the Kings: November 24

The LA Kings might’ve deserved a little better than a 3-2 regulation loss to Arizona Saturday afternoon, but the Coyotes did what they’ve done to this point and what they’ll look to tinker with a little bit to continue to find success: They won the 5x5 battle 1-0 despite getting blitzed over the fin... Read More

Waking up with the Kings: November 22

Dishing a dash-three to Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl in the opening 20 minutes? Yielding only two power plays to the league’s best man advantage and killing them both? Both are fine ways to win a hockey game, but the Kings still needed to show some resolve when McDavid worked his magic to singl... Read More

Waking up with the Kings: November 19

The LA Kings didn’t overburden themselves in Monday’s 3-0 loss to Arizona, a game in which they were unable to match Arizona’s pace and early focus and couldn’t regularly will the puck into the heart of one of the league’s stingiest team defenses. I recall the first time I covered a game in Nashvill... Read More

Waking up with the Kings: November 17

Winning important moments and continuing to steer their special teams back towards sea level, the LA Kings were outplayed at even strength by the Vegas Golden Knights but created their own good fortune and relied again on Jonathan Quick, whose strong afternoon in net was outdone only by his daughter... Read More

Waking up with the Kings: November 15

The LA Kings didn’t score a power play goal but used their late-game special teams to eke out a narrow but deserved victory over the Detroit Red Wings in a game they had a good handle on from the start but weren’t able to transfer their purpose in the offensive zone into actual offense until late. T... Read More
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.