Los Angeles Kings Season Preview History
LOS ANGELES KINGS 2011-2012 SEASON PREVIEW:
After a disappointing year that saw two of their stars go down as the playoffs drew near, the Los Angeles Kings are aiming for the stars this season, and we don’t mean Brad Pitt. LA will return star center Anze Kopitar and forward Justin Williams to their roster after nasty injuries ended their 2010-11. On top of that, however, they might have had the most successful offseason of anyone in the NHL.
They’ve brought in Mike Richards from Philadelphia and Simon Gagne, who was once Richards’ playmaking partner in Philly before moving to Tampa Bay. They believe this will shore up their left side and scoring issues if one of their stars is out again. Look for the Kings to make a major impact in the Western Conference this year if they can get, and keep, everyone healthy.
Los Angeles Kings 2010-2011 NHL Preview:
The Los Angeles Kings were a surprise to many fans last year, as they made the playoffs for the first time since 2001. Despite a loss in the first round, the season was considered a success, and thanks to a wealth of young talent, it would not be a surprise to see the Kings make a return trip this year.
Much of the Kings' youth is on the offense, which is led by 26-year-old captain Dustin Brown. The right wing amassed an impressive 56 points last season, and will be looking to build on that this year as he is expected to spend time on the first line. Joining Brown will be last season's leading scorer, Anze Kopitar, at center, and Ryan Smyth on the left wing.
Defensively, Los Angeles will be relying heavily on a young lineup as well. The defense will be anchored by second-year man Drew Doughty, who amassed 43 assists last season while providing some stalwart defending. Doughty will be helped by offseason additions Willie Mitchell and Alexander Edler, both of whom are a dominating physical presence. Jonathan Quick will likely be the starting goalie, and should be solid between the pipes.
Los Angeles Kings 2009-2010 NHL Preview:
The Los Angeles Kings will look at the 2009-2010 NHL season as a chance to climb out of the Western Conference cellar and return to the playoffs. The Kings faltered last year, but return a salty lineup that should return some excitement to the Staples Center. Kings captain Dustin Brown will have the job of leading his team back to the NHL playoffs for the first time since the 2002 season.