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Kings Connect: Rewiring Jack Campbell's Bromance Past

by Chanelle Berlin and Diane Phan @thxbud /

Life comes at you fast.

Losing Jonathan Quick and then Jeff Zatkoff to groin injuries has changed the Kings' goaltending situation so swiftly that we're still stunned. Suddenly the Kings' net is being guarded by Peter Budaj and Jack Campbell - the Ontario Reign's duo.

Budaj's resume is familiar, but Campbell has gotten less NHL opportunity thus far in his career. There's some mystery there for fans, both on the ice (unless you're a huge Texas Stars fan) and off. The good news is that the Kings' current backup goalie might have insight on a subject that could help the home team.

He's good friends with Nashville Predators defenseman Ryan Ellis.

It may not seem like Ellis should be a huge threat. He doesn't tend to be one of the Predators highest scorers. His career best is 10 goals during the 2015-16 season. Still, Ellis has six points in his last six games versus the Kings (4-2=6).

Campbell and Ellis not only played together in the OHL, they were roommates. These two are so close that sometimes Campbell did things like wear Ellis' number during video game tournaments instead of his own.

Their bond couldn't be broken, not even when they got to pull on different jerseys and represent their countries. Campbell played well enough in the final to win gold 6-5 overtime at the World Junior Championship, ruining Team Canada's six-peat, and that couldn't shake them either. He and Ellis went right back to living together.

They were so okay that TSN convinced them to shoot one of the cheesiest, more glorious fake rivalry segments about it to set up next year's tournament.

Watch: Youtube Video

That's a strong friendship. And loyalty is important, but so is winning. Campbell could consider exploiting his old bromance. The Predators are already on night two of back-to-back games. Helping the team neutralize one tough player frees them up to worry about the addition of defenseman PK Subban.

Ellis has two points in six games so far. Prevent him from again taking off in LA.

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