Monday, November 12, 2012

2012-2013 NHL Season: What We're All Missing, Part 8, The Kings

By Pete Dombrosky (@Pete_Dombrosky)

Yes, the NHL and the NHLPA have been meeting all week. Things are looking positive for NHL fanz, blah blah blah, but until the announcement comes that this NHL season is to exist, What We're All Missing will continue to share with the Sportz Broz faithful the key ingredients to each team fan base's lust for the game. Be sure to check out Parts 1-7 after reading up on the Kings in Part 8! And as always be sure to follow Pete on twitter and to check out his blog, Only here on SBz, bro.

What We're All Missing, Part 1, Avalanche, Blackhawks, Blue Jackets
What We're All Missing, Part 2, Blues, Bruins, Canadiens, Canucks
What We're All Missing, Part 3, Capitals, Coyotes, Devils

What We're All Missing, Part 4, Ducks, Flames

What We're All Missing, Part 5, The Flyers
What We're All Missing, Part 6, The Islanders

What We're All Missing, Part 7, The Jets

Part 8: The Los Angeles Kings
2011-2012 Record: (40-27-15) 95 points
Playoffs: Won Stanley Cup Finals (4-2) versus New Jersey Devils, Won Conference Finals (4-1) versus Phoenix Coyotes, Won Conference Semi-Finals (4-0) versus St. Louis Blues, Won Conference Quarter-Finals (4-1) versus Vancouver Canucks

Even though Los Angeles is rarely referred to as a hockey city, the Kings did their best last year to garner some of the attention from the Staples Center-sharing Lakers and Clippers by winning the Stanley Cup. If this NHL season passes us by, Kings fans should be extraordinarily disappointed their team can’t defend its title. They’d be hard-pressed to win the Cup again in such a dramatic fashion – knocking off the top-three seeds in the Western Conference on their way to the club’s first championship – but the way the team came together at the end of the season and throughout the postseason had to leave fans wanting more.

Not to mention Dustin Brown is one of NHL's finest broz and personalities.

This is a young squad full of talented players who have only started to realize how good they could be at the end of last year’s regular season and subsequent playoffs. For most of the season, the team struggled to score goals, despite the presence of standout Anze Kopitar and the acquisitions of former Philadelphia forwards Jeff Carter and Mike Richards. But something clicked at the end of the year and that scoring, paired with the essentially unbeatable goaltending of Jonathan Quick (35-21, .929 SV% and 1.95 GAA), the Kings showed they were only technically the No. 8 seed in the West heading into the Stanley Cup playoffs.

And don’t forget that superstars Kopitar and Quick are 25 and 26 years old, respectively. They are in the prime of their careers, and Quick is coming off a Conn Smythe-winning season, which was statistically the best in his five-year career. What will they do for an encore? Hopefully we’ll know sooner rather than later. It could very well look like this:

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