Slava Voynov - #26 - Defense - 6'0" - 194lbs
Mon. Oct 20, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Voynov has been suspended indefinitely by the NHL following his arrest Monday morning on charges of domestic violence, Tracey Myers of CSN Chicago reports.
Impact: It's very early in the investigation process right now, but it appears that Voynov could miss significant time in light of the severity of the charges. Considering the mess that the NFL recently got into, expect the NHL to come down hard on Voynov if the accusations turn out to be true.
News: Pearson picked up a goal, his fifth of the season, in Sunday's 2-1 victory over the Wild.
Impact: Pearson is off to a tremendous start, already matching his point total from last season with seven. He's now scored in four of the team's first six games, and should continue to be a force going forward.
News: Toffoli picked up a goal and an assist in Sunday's 2-1 victory over the Wild.
Impact: Toffoli has gotten off to a great start to the season, and has now recorded multiple points in three of the team's last four games. The Toffoli-Jeff Carter-Tanner Pearson line has been extremely productive, accounting for 11 of the Kings' 14 goals so far, and all three present considerable fantasy value.
News: Quick saved 40 of 41 shots on Sunday in a 2-1 win against the Wild.
Impact: As expected, Quick has gotten off to a hot start to the season, with Sunday marking the second game in a row he recorded at least 40 saves. After two losses to start the year, Quick's picked up the win in his last three starts, and continues to be a top fantasy option in net.
News: Quick will be in between the pipes for the Kings on Sunday, Jon Rosen of LA Kings Insider reports.
Impact: Quick had a very strong game against the Blues on Thursday, stopping all 43 shots he saw in regulation and overtime as well as three shots in the shootout. As expected, Quick has started the season very strongly and should continue his play throughout the season.
Sat. Oct 18, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Coach Darryl Sutter said Muzzin (upper body) would receive an X-ray Thursday, Jon Rosen of LAKingsInsider.com reports.
Impact: The date would mark a full three weeks after he sustained the upper-body injury during preseason action against the Avalanche. Muzzin, who inked a five-year, $20 million extension with the Kings on Wednesday, has resumed practicing with the team, but has yet to receive clearance for a return to games. Thursday's examination should offer a better indication of when he might see Muzzin back on the ice.
Sat. Oct 18, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Gaborik (undisclosed) didn't practice Saturday and likely won't play Sunday as a result, the LA Kings Insider reports.
Impact: The Kings haven't shed any light on what is ailing Gaborik, but consider him day-to-day until any additional information says otherwise. Sunday's game will be the third straight game he has missed.
Fri. Oct 17, 2014 | STATS
News: Quick tied the Kings' franchise record with his 32nd career shutout, making 43 saves and stopping all three St. Louis shootout attempts in Los Angeles' 1-0 victory over the Blues on Thursday night.
Impact: Quick appears back to his usual self, stopping 74 of the last 75 shots he's faced. He gave up a combined seven goals in his first two games.
News: Quick completely silenced the Blues on 43 shots through regulation and overtime Thursday, then stopped three more in the shootout for his first shutout of the year.
Impact: Quick had been building toward this, getting better every start, so no surprises there. He'll probably be out there once more Sunday against Minnesota.
News: Gaborik (undisclosed) didn't take part in morning skate and appears unlikely to play Thursday against the Blues, Jon Rosen of LA Kings Insider reports.
Impact: The Kings have been reluctant to offer much insight into Gaborik's condition, but the Slovakian winger nonetheless remains day-to-day and will miss his second straight contest. Mike Richards figures to assume his spot on the Kings' top line Thursday night.
News: Quick will play between the pipes Thursday against the Blues, Jon Rosen of LA Kings Insider reports.
Impact: Quick delivered the best of his three outings on the season Tuesday against the Oilers, nearly shutting them out before Matt Hendricks beat him with less than a minute remaining. He'll face a far stiffer challenge Thursday against the formidable Blues attack, with Brian Elliott making the start for St. Louis in the opposite goal.
Wed. Oct 15, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Muzzin (upper body) signed a five-year, $20 million extension with the Kings on Wednesday, Chris Johnston of Sportsnet reports.
Impact: Muzzin hasn't appeared in a game this season due to an upper-body injury, but it's clear the Kings view him as a cornerstone player for both now and the future. The 25-year-old struggled in the early stages of last season, but he came up huge for the team in their run to the Stanley Cup, finishing second to only Drew Doughty in ice time during the playoffs. Once healthy, Muzzin is slated to rejoin Doughty on the top pairing, and should represent a capable producer at both ends of the ice.
News: Quick made 31 saves in the Los Angeles Kings' 6-1 victory over the Edmonton Oilers on Tuesday night.
Impact: Quick allowed a combined seven goals during the Kings' 0-1-1 start.
News: Carter had a goal and an assist in the Los Angeles Kings' 6-1 victory over the Edmonton Oilers on Tuesday night.
Impact: Carter has three goals and two assists in his last three games, and is thriving on a productive line that includes Tyler Toffoli and Tanner Pearson. The three combined for four goals and three assists in Tuesday's victory.
News: Toffoli had a goal and an assist in the Los Angeles Kings' 6-1 victory over the Edmonton Oilers on Tuesday night.
Impact: Toffoli had two goals and three assists in the past three games and is thriving on a productive line that includes Jeff Carter and Tanner Pearson. The three combined for four goals and three assists in Tuesday's victory.
News: Pearson had another two goals and an assist in the Los Angeles Kings' 6-1 victory over the Edmonton Oilers on Tuesday night.
Impact: Pearson has scored four goals in the past three games with a pair of assists. He had three goals and four assists in 25 games last season for the Kings.
News: Muzzin has agreed to a five-year, $20 million contract extension with the Los Angeles Kings. The defending Stanley Cup champion Kings announced the deal Wednesday. Muzzin's new deal keeps him with the Kings through the 2019-20 season.
Impact: Los Angeles signed Muzzin as a free agent in January 2010 after he went undrafted in 2009, and he has evolved into a solid NHL defenseman over the past two seasons. He frequently plays alongside Drew Doughty in the Kings' top defensive pairing. Muzzin has 41 points in 132 regular-season games for the Kings, and he added 15 points in 43 playoff games over the past two seasons. He led all NHL defensemen with six playoff goals last season during the Kings' championship run.
News: Gaborik is out with a lower-body injury.
Impact: There is no timetable for his return.
News: Carter scored a goal for the third straight game and added an assist for the second straight in Tuesday's win over Edmonton. He went plus-3 on the evening.
Impact: Carter and his linemates, Tyler Toffoli and Tanner Pearson, have simply been making magic over the last three games, and if that continues, all three will have monstrous fantasy campaigns. Carter hasn't reached 60 points since being traded out of Philadelphia following the 2010-11 season, so we'll be watching with some interest to see if he can keep up his early production.
News: Toffoli picked up a goal, an assist and a plus-3 rating Tuesday, giving him five points and a plus-7 over his last three games.
Impact: Toffoli's lit on fire since the Kings' season-opening shutout loss, and he's starting to parlay the big-time talent he's shown in juniors (two 100-point seasons) and the AHL (more than a point per game last year) into NHL success. A big breakout year is coming.
News: Pearson paced the Kings to a 6-1 win over Edmonton on Tuesday with two goals -- one on the power play -- an assist, two PIM and a plus-2 rating.
Impact: After a quiet game in the season-opening shutout loss to the Sharks, the second-year man has exploded with goals in three straight, totaling six points and a plus-6 rating in that span. And he's doing it in very limited minutes -- Tuesday's 14:44 was actually his highest ice time of the season. Once the Kings give him a bigger role, watch out.
News: Quick put a stop to 31 of 32 shots in Tuesday's 6-1 win over the Oilers, narrowly missing a shutout when he gave up a Matt Hendricks goal with 21 seconds remaining.
Impact: Tough break for Quick to miss out on his first shutout of the year, but the important thing is that he delivered a dominant outing against an Edmonton team that's pretty deep with offensive talent and outshot the Kings on Thursday.
News: Lewis (upper body) was placed on injured reserve Tuesday.
Impact: Lewis hasn't resumed skating since suffering an upper-body injury last week's season opener. With Jake Muzzin and Marian Gaborik also day-to-day with upper-body injuries of their own, the Kings were down to just 20 healthy players and in desperate need of some reinforcement.
Mike Richards - #10 - Center - 5'11" - 200lbs
News: Richards skated as the Kings' top-line left wing at morning skate and figures to slot in at that spot Tuesday versus the Oilers, Jon Rosen of LAKingsInsider.com reports.
Impact: With Marian Gaborik (upper-body) out Tuesday and deemed day-to-day, Richards is expected to move from his usual role centering the third line up to the top trio with Anze Kopitar and Justin Williams. Richards previously skated with those two players for the early part of the 2011-12 season, a role that should grant him an uptick in fantasy relevance while he fills in for Gaborik.
Andy Andreoff - #15 - Left Wing - 6'1" - 201lbs
News: Andreoff will make his NHL debut Tuesday against the Oilers, NHL.com's Curtis Zupke reports.
Impact: After serving as a healthy scratch for the Kings' first three games, Andreoff will get his first taste of action while Marion Gaborik (undisclosed) heads to the press box. Expect him to see only light minutes on the Kings' fourth line, which will make it difficult for him to provide much fantasy utility.
News: Gaborik (undisclosed) appears to be out of the lineup Tuesday against the Oilers, NHL.com's Curtis Zupke reports.
Impact: Andy Andreoff confirmed after morning skate that he would be the replaced for Gaborik, who appears to be nursing the same undisclosed injury that bothered him in the preseason. Gaborik didn't take part in morning skate, but the Kings haven't indicated that his ailment is anything more than a day-to-day concern at this time.
News: Gaborik did not take part in Tuesday's morning skate for health reasons and is questionable for Tuesday's game against the Oilers, Lisa Dillman of the LA Times reports.
Impact: It's not exactly clear what type of setback Gaborik is dealing with, but it is reportedly similar to whatever ailed Gaborik during training camp. Expect an update on Gaborik when the Kings make a decision on his status for Tuesday night.
News: Quick is in line to start Tuesday's game against the Oilers, Lisa Dillman of the LA Times reports.
Impact: Quick exited the ice first following Tuesday's morning skate, which puts him on track to start Tuesday night. Quick is searching for his first win of the season after going 0-1-1 in his first two starts.
News: Muzzin (upper body) participated in an optional skate Monday, but isn't likely to return until "maybe later this week," the Los Angeles Times reports.
Impact: The Kings have been able to get an extended look at Brayden McNabb in Muzzin's absence, and it sounds like that'll continue, as Muzzin is set to miss at least a couple more days.
News: Toffoli had a goal with an assist on Sunday.
Impact: He has two assists this season.
News: Carter had a goal with an assist Sunday.
Impact: He has two goals in as many games.
News: Pearson had a goal with an assist on Sunday.
Impact: Pearson has two goals in as many games.
News: Jones made 29 saves in a win over the Jets on Sunday.
Impact: As the backup to Jon Quick, Jones has no fantasy value at the moment.
News: Muzzin (undisclosed) appears to be nearing a return, but continues to await clearance to play from team doctors, Jon Rosen of LA Kings Insider reports.
Impact: Muzzin took part in some skating prior to Sunday's game against the Jets and seems to believe he's well-conditioned, but just needs clarification from the doctors that everything is sound on the health front. Brayden McNabb has taken his place on the defensive pairing with Drew Doughty for the past three games.
Anze Kopitar - #11 - Center - 6'3" - 224lbs
News: Kopitar was one of four Kings to score a goal in Sunday's victory over the Jets.
Impact: The goal came near the midpoint of the first period, with both Kopitar and the man who set him up, Marian Gaborik, claiming their first points of the season. Kopitar is as talented a center as any in the league, but the defensive demands placed on him by coach Darryl Sutter's system will probably keep his fantasy production a notch below some of the NHL's other elite middle men.
Drew Doughty - #8 - Defense - 6'1" - 213lbs
News: Doughty assisted on two scores in Sunday's victory over the Jets.
Impact: After being held without a point on only four shots in goal in his first two goals, Doughty demonstrated his capabilities as an offensive threat Sunday. He doubled his shot total for the season with four attempts on goal, while also finishing with a plus-2 rating. Though Doughty is a solid two-way defenseman and an annual contender for the Norris Trophy, it's worth noting that he only had four multipoint games last season, which likely places him in a tier below fantasy blueline stalwarts Erik Karlsson and Shea Weber.
News: Carter scored his second goal of the season in Sunday's 4-1 win against Winnipeg.
Impact: Carter added an assist on Tyler Toffoli's first goal of the year before scoring himself for the Kings' fourth and final goal of the night. He and his linemates, Toffoli and Tanner Pearson, each scored Sunday, as the trio seems to be carrying over their postseason success into the 2014-15 campaign. Through three games, Carter is carrying a plus-5 rating.
News: Toffoli had a goal and an assist in a 4-1 win over Winnipeg on Sunday.
Impact: Toffoli scored the first goal of the night on a rebound, and later assisted on a Jeff Carter goal. The Toffoli-Carter-Tanner Pearson line was responsible for three of the Kings' four goals. That trio appears to be building on last season's success, which could pay great fantasy dividends.
News: Jones stopped 29 of the 30 shots he faced Sunday in a 4-1 victory over Winnipeg.
Impact: Giving Jonathan Quick a night off in their second game in as many days, Jones was solid between the pipes and was helped by the Kings racing out to a 4-0 lead. With Quick holding down the fort most nights, Jones will continue seeing the occasional start, but not much more.
Sun. Oct 12, 2014 | STATS
News: Carter scored his first goal in Saturday's overtime loss at Arizona.
Impact: Carter is coming off a strong postseason in which he recorded 10 goals and 15 assists in 26 contests.
News: Jones was the first goalie off the ice at morning skate and is expected to start Sunday, Jon Rosen of LA Kings Insider reports.
Impact: Jones was expected to get the start with back-to-back games Saturday and Sunday. That appears to be the case, but warmups should confirm him as the starter.
News: Quick stopped 37 of 40 shots in Saturday's overtime loss to the Coyotes.
Impact: Quick rebounded nicely after a shaky season debut, but will likely take a seat in the second game of a back-to-back Sunday.
News: Pearson notched his first goal of the season in Saturday's 3-2 loss to the Coyotes.
Impact: Pearson and linemates Tyler Toffoli and Jeff Carter were the only source of offense for the Kings, and appear to be showing the same chemistry that they showed in the playoffs last year.
Sat. Oct 11, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Quick was the first goalie off the ice at Saturday's morning skate and is thus in line to start against the Coyotes, Jon Rosen of LAKingsInsider.com reports.
Impact: Coach Darryl Sutter is generally reluctant to announce a starter after his team takes part in morning skate, but it appears fairly safe to pencil in Quick for Saturday's outing. The netminder had a poor showing in his season debut Wednesday against the Sharks, yielding four goals on 27 shots in the shutout defeat. Look for Quick to bounce back with a stronger effort Saturday, with an expected rest coming his way Sunday versus the Jets.
Fri. Oct 10, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Lewis (upper body) will not play Saturday against the Coyotes, Jon Rosen of LAKingsInsider.com reports.
Impact: Lewis wasn't present at Friday's practice and appears doubtful to play Sunday against the Jets as well. With the fourth-liner still bothered by the upper-body injury, look for Jordan Nolan to see the ice in his stead.
News: Muzzin said he expects to miss a few more games as a result of his undisclosed injury, Lisa Dillman of the Los Angeles Times reports.
Impact: Muzzin's presence on the ice probably wouldn't have made much of a difference in the Sharks' dominant 4-0 victory over the Kings on Wednesday, but it's still not ideal for the team to be without a top-four defenseman for multiple games. Brayden McNabb filled in for Muzzin on Wednesday and will likely continue to do so for as long as he remains out.
News: Lewis suffered an upper-body injury in Wednesday's loss to the Sharks, Lisa Dillman of the Los Angeles Times reports.
Impact: A regular fourth-liner for the Kings, Lewis was surprisingly active Wednesday, attempting six shots on goal while laying two hits in his 10:29 of ice time. He'll likely take the next two days off to rest with the hope of being ready to go for Saturday's tilt with the Coyotes.
Thu. Oct 9, 2014 | STATS
News: Lewis is day-to-day after sustaining an upper-body injury in Los Angeles' season-opening loss to San Jose.
Impact: Lewis had six shots in nearly 11 minutes of action Wednesday. He scored only six goals in 73 regular-season games last season, but emerged for four goals in the postseason.
News: Lewis (upper body) didn't practice Thursday and remains day-to-day, LA Kings Insider reports.
Impact: Lewis is a regular fourth-liner for the Kings. Consider him day-to-day for now, with an eye on a possible return Saturday.
News: Gaborik attempted two shots, but was otherwise absent on the score sheet in Wednesday's shutout loss to the Sharks.
Impact: Since he's far from a physical player on defense and doesn't normally play huge minutes, Gaborik's fantasy value lies almost exclusively in his ability to collect points. It makes Gaborik something of a liability in leagues that count specialty categories, but if he can score at close to a point-per-game clip this season, he'll likely be forgiven by his fantasy owners.
Thu. Oct 9, 2014 | STATS
News: Quick stopped 23 shots in Wednesday's 4-0 loss to San Jose.
Impact: Not a good start for Quick, who was replaced by Martin Jones in the third period.
News: Quick surrendered four goals on 27 shots in Wednesday's season-opening loss to the Sharks. He was pulled after two periods and replaced by backup Martin Jones.
Impact: Perhaps it was a bit of a Stanley Cup hangover that plagued the boys from Hockeywood in this one, as the Sharks spoiled their banner-raising celebration in a 4-0 rout. It also didn't help that San Jose was out for blood after historically blowing a 3-0 series lead to the Kings in last year's playoffs. Regardless, Quick owners need not worry, since he should be one of the league's premium backstoppers this season -- health permitting, of course.
News: Muzzin (undisclosed) is questionable for Wednesday's season opener against the Sharks, Jon Rosen of LAKingsInsider.com reports.
Impact: The Kings will reevaluate Muzzin closer to game time, but if he's unable to go, Brayden McNabb would be called upon to join Drew Doughty on the team's top pair. Muzzin tallied five goals and 19 assists over 76 games last season.
News: Muzzin (undisclosed) did not suit up for Wednesday's season opener, Dan Rosen of NHL.com reports.
Impact: Muzzin's injury prevented him from playing in the Kings' first game of the new campaign. Brayden McNabb suited up in Muzzin's place.
News: Quick will be in the net for Wednesday's game against the Sharks, Jon Rosen of LAKingsInsider.com reports.
Impact: Quick underwent surgery on his wrist shortly after the Kings claimed the Stanley Cup in June, but was fully cleared by the end of camp and enters 2014-15 with his health intact. He wasn't quite as sharp in the Kings' latest playoff run as he was when he won Conn Smythe honors in the 2012 postseason, but Quick will nonetheless enter the upcoming campaign as one of the league's premier netminders.
Jeff Schultz - #55 - Defense - 6'6" - 230lbs
News: Schultz cleared waivers Wednesday and will be sent down to AHL Manchester, the Orange County Register reports.
Impact: Schultz figures to get some time with the big club if and when injuries hit the Kings' blue line but he'll start the season in the AHL.
Andrew Bodnarchuk - #47 - Defense - 5'11" - 185lbs
Wed. Oct 8, 2014 | STATS
News: Bodnarchuk is on injured reserve with a knee injury.
Impact: Bodnarchuk got hurt in training camp, and it's unclear when he'll return. The defenseman hasn't played in the NHL since appearing in five games with Boston in 2009-10.
Adam Cracknell - #32 - Right Wing - 6'2" - 210lbs
Tue. Oct 7, 2014 | STATS
News: The Columbus Blue Jackets have claimed Cracknell off waivers from the Los Angeles Kings.
Impact: Cracknell, a physical 6-foot-2, 210-pounder who was Calgary's ninth-round pick in the 2004 draft, had six goals and 10 assists in 65 games with the St. Louis Blues the last four seasons.
Anze Kopitar - #11 - Center - 6'3" - 224lbs
News: Kopitar finished the preseason with no goals, four assists and a plus-3 rating in three games played.
Impact: Coming of a 70-point season in 2013-14, Kopitar is projected to improve his offensive output this season. He is set to center the Kings' first line with Marian Gaborik and Dustin Brown on the wings. As long as the trio stays healthy, Kopitar should have another big year on the first line and power play.
Jordan Weal - #60 - Center - 5'10" - 166lbs
News: The Kings sent Weal to AHL Manchester on Sunday, Lisa Dillman of the Los Angeles Times reports.
Impact: Weal spent all of last season in the AHL where he played in 76 games, scored 23 goals, and added 47 assists with a plus-28 rating. Los Angeles is already loaded at center so it was unlikely Weal would make the team during the preseason. If he continues to produce like he did last season in the AHL, Weal could get called up to the Kings in the near future.
Jean-Francois Berube - #35 - Goaltender - 6'1" - 168lbs
News: Los Angeles sent Berube to AHL Manchester on Sunday, Lisa Dillman of the Los Angeles Times reports.
Impact: Berube had a nice season in the AHL last season where he appeared in 48 games and compiled a 28-17-2 record. Berube never really had a chance of making the Kings' roster with Jonathan Quick and Martin Jones being the top-two goalies. Berube is only 23 so he has time to develop his skills in the AHL for now.
Andrew Bodnarchuk - #47 - Defense - 5'11" - 185lbs
Oct 5, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Bodnarchuk (knee) will start the season on the injured list, LA Kings Insider reports.
Impact: Bodnarchuk wasn't expected to break camp with the Kings, but should give them some organizational depth once he's back healthy.