Stars have aligned three times for the Los Angeles Kings – Orange County Register

EL SEGUNDO – Certainly the Kings know that making the All-Star team is not the most important thing in the world. But excuse the Kings for being stoked that when the NHL this week announced which players made it, they were the only team in the Western Conference with three.

Defenseman Drew Doughty made his fourth consecutive team, center Anze Kopitar his fourth overall and goalie Jonathan Quick made it for the third time.

The game will be played Jan. 28 in Tampa Bay.

This is more than just the Kings being the only conference team with three players. It means the team is playing well after missing the playoffs a season ago. The Kings are 24-13-5 and their 53 points put them in second place in the Pacific Division. For Kopitar, his selection comes off a poor 2016-17 campaign. As for Quick, he missed most of ’16’-17 because of injury.

“We’re obvious thrilled for those guys,” said Kings coach John Stevens, whose team hosts the Ducks at 7:30 p.m. today. “I think every situation is a little bit different. For Jonathan, coming off a whole year away and coming back and playing at the level he has, I think is really impressive. I think Kopi really wanted to come back and have a bounce-back year and I think he’s done that. And I think Drew has been on top of his game for quite a while.”

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