The Los Angeles Kings won the Stanley Cup in 2012 and got to the Western Conference Final last season, losing in five games to the Chicago Blackhawks. Most teams would consider being among the final four teams playing a somewhat successful season, but Kings players parted for the offseason with a sour taste, feeling they never played up to their high standards in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
"Four years ago we were getting a parade for making the playoffs," Kings general manager Dean Lombardi told NHL.com. "That sentiment is gone. They expect the best."
The Kings again have a roster good enough to be crowned the best next June, but there are questions that need to be answered.
Here are six: