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It’s LA Kings day on PHT

Aug 1, 2012, 10:00 AM EDT

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Welcome to our offseason initiative — 30 teams in 30 days.

From July 16 until Aug. 14, we’ll be dedicating each day to a new team by recapping the offseason and looking ahead to 2012-13.

There will also be a series of posts looking at key stories, player profiles and burning questions regarding each squad.

Today, that squad is the Los Angeles Kings.

There’s not much to be said in introducing the Kings, as actions speak louder than words. They’re just weeks removed from a dominant romp through the playoffs that culminated with a Stanley Cup finals victory over the New Jersey Devils — the first time the Kings had ever raised Lord Stanley’s mug.

Personnel-wise, the team will remain largely unchanged from last year and aside from the Davis Payne-for-Jamie Kompon switch behind the bench, the front office and hockey ops will remain the same as well.

So, what can we expect from L.A. in 2012-13? Stick around PHT throughout the day as we analyze a team looking to repeat as Stanley Cup champions for the first time in 15 years.

  1. charleslouis99 - Aug 1, 2012 at 10:16 AM


    • ron05342 - Aug 1, 2012 at 10:33 AM

      Yeah, I guess those “queens” romped all over your team.

      So, what does that say about you?

      • charleslouis99 - Aug 1, 2012 at 1:39 PM

        Nothing absolutely nothing
        we got one kings fan over here lol

    • barroomhero80 - Aug 1, 2012 at 4:05 PM

      sour grapes princess…. chump… GKG!!!

  2. chucksname - Aug 1, 2012 at 10:34 AM

    The Kings played great hockey for six straight weeks.

    And winning the Cup means they are eliminated from consideration this year no matter who they have on the ice come April.

    But that means that maybe 10 other teams have a realistic shot.

    • ron05342 - Aug 1, 2012 at 10:40 AM

      As I noted below, it was much longer than that. The run really started on February 25, so it is closer to 3½ MONTHS of great hockey.

      That is not just “getting hot.” That is a consistently high level of play. If they can do that for an entire regular season, that will definitely get them into the top 3 in the West…maybe even the no. 1 spot.

  3. ron05342 - Aug 1, 2012 at 10:36 AM

    The Kings have a legitimate shot to repeat. The team is unchanged from last year and under Sutter AND in their last 41 games (21 in the last quarter of the season, 20 in the playoffs) they went 29-9-3.

    Those numbers are staggering, and considering their poor offensive output BEFORE that run, truly remarkable. I think most people have already forgotten those miserable 1-0 wins and losses, as the Kings’ offense finally woke up in those last 41 games, averaging over 2.81 goals per game.

    Absent any “Stanley Cup hangover,” this team should be a top 3 finisher in the West, and they should win their division.

  4. mclovinhockey - Aug 1, 2012 at 10:43 AM

    I like the kings a lot, they have a strong young team and while most other big teams took decent drops in depth or skill, the kings remain the same. I think they can be contenders for years to come, but to be as hot as they were for the playoffs again would be damn near impossible, they were crazy hot… Like I could melt the sun hot… Okay that didn’t make any sense but they were on fire

  5. comeonnowguys - Aug 1, 2012 at 11:17 AM

    Over/under on blomfield videos today: 12.5.

  6. blomfeld - Aug 1, 2012 at 11:26 AM

    “Actions speak louder than words” …

    Yes friends, that pretty much sums it up. Like me, everyone else saw what happened with their own two eyes and therefore there’s no need to harp on about what we already know … the LA Kings are “scary” good and they’re “best” team in the world today ! :)

    • paledevil - Aug 1, 2012 at 1:09 PM

      do it again … no no better dare be in 1st place once

  7. danphipps01 - Aug 1, 2012 at 12:22 PM

    For those of you declaring the Cup hangover will win out guaranteed… I remind you, this team is coached by Darryl Sutter. Do not underestimate how far a team can get with THAT glowering behind their bench.

  8. charleslouis99 - Aug 1, 2012 at 1:43 PM

    Lol a Darryl sutter it’ll be funny when this teams true colors show all the immaturity that this team has
    I bet Darryl sutter leaves within 2 years

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