The Los Angeles Kings have turned things around recently, going 5-0 in their last 5 games.
What is the reason for the turnaround? More productivity.
The Kings have been accused of being a one-line team, which means whatever line Captain Anze Kopitar is playing on. Although that may have been true in the past, we are starting to see that is not true this year.
With the additions of Gabe Vilardi, Mikey Anderson, Jaret Anderson-Dolan, and a full season of Cal Petersen, the Kings have plenty of youth in the lineup and are no longer a bunch of “old-timers.” This, along with the strong start by Jeff Carter, has the Kings pushing hard for a playoff spot this year.
The “secret” to the King’s early success is the balanced scoring on all four lines. Although the lines have been shuffled and dealt with taxi squad moves, the Kings have all contributed this season. The young guys are getting expanded roles and more ice time, leaving less responsibility for Kopitar, Drew Doughty, and Jonathan Quick.
We are starting to see what the future will be like in Los Angeles. This team’s future looks bright, and the kids look capable of handling the pressure of everyday NHL play. During this win streak, the Kings have pushed into a playoff spot from being out of the playoffs a week ago. If the Kings keep up this type of play, then the playoffs will be well within reach.
The Kings do now have the talent and experience to make a run at Lord Stanley.
The Kings, with young talent in the lineup, now have four lines of guys that can make a difference every night.
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