The Los Angeles Kings have been a power in the Western Conference since their cup win in 2012. They are a big physical team that is hard on the forecheck making sure the first person in the zone makes physical contact on the puck. Though they have been a power the last 5 seasons there are some questions that need to be answered by this team and King Sutter to get back where they once were.
- Where will the scoring come from? The Kings have never had to worry about this problem as the two years when they won the cup they weren’t a great offensive team but with Marian Gaborik out 8 weeks with a broken foot and only having three true forwards who can put up elite offensive numbers who will step up and help out until Gaborik comes back?
- Will they be able to replace Slava Voynov? Ever since Voynov left for the KHL they haven’t been able to find that second pairing right handed defensemen to fill in behind Drew Doughty. Doughty’s TOI has gone up since Voynov left and the defense has struggled since then because they haven’t been able to trust any other defensemen to pair up with Alec Martinez.
- Can Darryl keep getting his message through to the team? It was well documented 2 years ago, even though it was a rumor that the Kings players locked Sutter out of the locker room after a game. That can only spell trouble but can also be tricky situation because Sutter received a contract extension over the summer for 2 more years and is north of $3 million per season.
- Will they be able to keep up with the changing NHL? The Kings are a big physical team but sometimes look slow compared to other teams because the other teams are faster than the Kings and there are only a few players on this team that are considered great skaters.
What will it be Darryl? Wait, I didn’t catch that, what did you say?