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Defending champion Kings seek “confidence boost” against team they smoked in the playoffs

Jan 28, 2013, 5:44 PM EDT

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Drew Doughty remembers what happened in April, right? When the Kings beat the Canucks in five games? Ring a bell?

We only ask because this is what Doughty said today prior to tonight’s Vancouver-Los Angeles game at the Staples Center:

“There’s nothing more rewarding than beating a team that’s won the (Presidents’ Trophy) the last couple of years in a row. So we’re really looking forward to hopefully do that tonight. A big win tonight against a big team like them would definitely give us a confidence boost.”

To be fair, the Kings are off to a sluggish 1-2-1 start, so we can see where Doughty’s coming from. Plus, there’s no sense giving the Canucks any more motivation than they should already have against the team that bounced them so unceremoniously last spring.

Of note, Roberto Luongo is expected to get the assignment in Vancouver’s goal. The 33-year-old started the first two games of last year’s Kings series before being replaced by Cory Schneider for the final three games — a move that many thought would lead to Luongo playing elsewhere by now.

  1. qauzaq - Jan 28, 2013 at 5:54 PM

    I’m pretty sure they have a 1-2-1 record. We only won against Phoenix. GKG

  2. barby97 - Jan 28, 2013 at 6:43 PM

    gotta wish all the other teams were like this, although the jets could beat anyone of them anytime.

  3. cmonmanzz - Jan 28, 2013 at 7:47 PM

    The Kings stars’ must step up, starting with Drew Doughty and Anze Kopitar, otherwise they won’t win.

    • surfoside4life - Jan 28, 2013 at 9:34 PM

      at least kopitar has already scored. what about mike richards or justi. williams????????

      • surfoside4life - Jan 28, 2013 at 9:34 PM

        justin*

      • surfoside4life - Jan 28, 2013 at 9:55 PM

        i didnt even mention dustin brown either.

  4. comeonnowguys - Jan 28, 2013 at 9:47 PM

    I’ve got a little pre-lockout amnesia. How did Boston start out last year?

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