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Waking up with the Kings

Waking up with the Kings: October 20

If you listen to social media, you’d probably get the impression that LA Kings fans want to see their team rebuilt/refreshed/renewed, yet also win each game, 4-0. And games aren’t played on social media. They’re actually played on spreadsheets, and the data has said that the Kings have been pretty g... Read More

Waking up with the Kings: October 18

Not quite adding up. Thursday’s Kings-Sabres game, deemed by shot and chance-based metrics to be a level of L.A. domination equivalent to a Cowboys-Bills Super Bowl, wasn’t a model of the combined fruits being greater than their individual labors. There were, again, encouraging signs in structure, a... Read More

Waking up with the Kings: October 16

Similar script, less scoring. The LA Kings came out to a hot, fast start, couldn’t bury the puck against a goalie who quickly got into a rhythm, looked fine in five-on-five play, weathered the Hurricanes’ structural flexing in the second and relied on wrists and tips and a few near misses in the thi... Read More

Waking up with the Kings: October 13

Seldomly does one NHL Member Club step on another for a full 60 minutes, a notion that certainly applies to the 2019-20 LA Kings and whomever they’re playing on any given night. But on Saturday, against a powerhouse Nashville team that employs Kyle Turris as a fourth line center and a healthy top-si... Read More

Waking up with the Kings: October 10

From miles away it was easy to see that the LA Kings would be challenged to avoid an emotional letdown 24 hours after their headline-generating victory over Calgary and in their opponent’s home opener. But there shouldn’t be mercurial drive and attention to detail only three games into the season, a... Read More

Waking up with the Kings: October 9

Whether or not we want to admit it or breathe extra life into a personal rivalry fueled by the players’ dislike as well as regular prodding from the media, the Doughty-Tkachuk storyline has provided for some tremendous theatre during its occasional flare-ups. Tuesday’s game, a 4-3 overtime win at Sc... Read More

Waking up with the Kings: October 6

The LA Kings’ 2019-20 curriculum opened with the early test that Todd McLellan was keen on evaluating. Finally presented with some baseline data, there was a visible array of positives and negatives to work with in a 6-5 regulation loss in which the Kings failed to hold a third period lead and four ... Read More

Waking up with the Kings: April 6

Apart from Anaheim’s early expansion seasons that coincided with the late-Gretzky stagnation, Southern California as a two-team NHL market has experienced long stretches in which either the LA Kings or Ducks/Mighty Ducks were quite good. But their periods of success often occurred while their rival ... Read More

Waking up with the Kings: April 3

Well, that didn’t really help anybody. Except for the New Jersey Devils and, theoretically, the Buffalo Sabres. It definitely helped them. Crushing the Arizona Coyotes’ playoff hopes and allowing the Devils to gain ground in a near-dead heat for the second-best draft odds, the LA Kings played somewh... Read More

Waking up with the Kings: April 2

And with the 7-2 loss to Calgary on Monday, the LA Kings checked another day off the calendar in drawing closer to a fifth consecutive season that concludes in April. Drew Doughty had the money line, telling a small group of reporters he wished that the remaining games could be played in a row so th... Read More

Waking up with the Kings: March 31

With Anze Kopitar playing his 999th game and Patrick Kane his 899th, the aging Kings-Blackhawks rivalry, now five years since the teams last met in the playoffs, showcased a good mix of familiar actors and fresh faces and ended in the completion of a three-game series sweep, the first by Los Angeles... Read More

Waking up with the Kings: March 27

It’s easy to compare Tuesday’s 8-4 loss in Edmonton to a classic, mid-1980’s Smythe Division Kings-Oilers battle, what with all the 12 goals, two fights and the general loosey-gooseyness affording the most skilled players on the ice ample opportunity for exhibition. And those skilled players were Oi... 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.