Welcome to the 2019-20 season for the Los Angeles Kings. The Kings came out guns a-blazing in game one then overcame a deficit in game two.
This team looks different, in a good way, under Coach Todd McLellan and there is reason for optimism this year, although there is a long way to go.
The Kings opened the brand new season on the road in Edmonton to face the Oilers and the game ended with a 6-5 Loss for Los Angeles.
Dustin Brown scored the season’s first goal and also added an assist for a two-point night. Los Angeles also got goals from Anze Kopitar (3 points), Trevor Lewis (2 points) Drew Doughty and Michael Amadio. Kyle Clifford added 2 assists, while Jonathan Quick stopped 31 of 37 shots.
In the second game, the Kings rebounded for a 4-3 overtime win against the Calgary Flames. The Kings led 3-0 before Calgary tied the game at 3. Drew Doughty scored the overtime winner and finished with 3 points (1-2). Tyler Toffoli added a goal (1-2), Ilya Kovalchuk added a goal and 2 assists, Sean Walker added a goal, while Anze Kopitar Blake Lizotte and Adrian Kempe all added assists. Jack Campbell rejected 26 of 29 shots to give the Los Angeles Kings their first win of the new season.
The Kings’ play seems more inspired and has a more determination style of play while looking hungrier and faster. Although the season is young and things could change, there is reason for optimism and thoughts the Kings could push for a playoff spot this year.
The Kings have been in the underdog role before, and did very well. The Kings look fresh, ready to go and make an impact to prove everyone wrong. What are your thoughts so far on the Kings?
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