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Kings Day at NBC PHT

by Alex Kinkopf / Los Angeles Kings

On Monday, the Kings were featured as part of NBC Pro Hockey Talk’s ’30 Teams in 30 Days’ series leading up to the 2015-16’ NHL season. In doing so, the network’s website published six articles revolving around the team as Training Camp quickly approaches just over a month away.

‘It’s Los Angeles Kings day at PHT’

“Two consistent contenders – the Boston Bruins and Los Angeles Kings – missed the playoffs last season, and while both underwent changes, they practiced very different philosophies.

The Bruins blew much of what they built up while, to some extent, the Kings are going all-in. It seems fitting that the two franchises can also be linked in the trade that sent Milan Lucic to L.A.”

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‘Under Pressure: Dean Lombardi’

“Well, this time there’s no excuse,” Lombardi told “It’s a marvelous opportunity for our top players to take over that room, and they start by doing that, becoming the best they can be, and I think they will. There’s no doubt in my mind what guys like Kopitar and (Jonathan) Quick and (Drew) Doughty stand for, and hopefully this is an awakening. It’s no fun watching the playoffs. In the long run, we could benefit from this.”

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‘Looking to make the leap: Jordan Weal

“It’s about that time for Weal. The 23-year-old was a third-rounder (70th overall) back in 2010, and he’s shown a solid knack for putting up points at the AHL level.

After scoring 70 points for the Manchester Monarchs in 2013-14, he nearly matched that output last season with 69 points. He really took off during the 2015 Calder Cup playoffs, scoring 22 points in 19 postseason games.”

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‘Poll: How long with the Los Angeles Kings remain Stanley Cup contenders?’

All of a sudden the Los Angeles Kings’ roster doesn’t look so young anymore. Jeff Carter is 30. Ditto for Dustin Brown. Jonathan Quick will be 30 in January. Marian Gaborik is 33.

While pending unrestricted free agents Anze Kopitar and Milan Lucic are still only 27, and Drew Doughty is even younger at 25, studies have shown that the typical NHL player peaks before the age of 30.

Combine the fact that so much of the Kings’ core is signed long term with a prospect group that doesn’t rank very highly and it’s more than fair to ask how long this group has as a Stanley Cup contender.

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‘Los Angeles Kings ’15-16 Outlook’

“After all, this is a two-time Stanley Cup champion team that hasn’t won a division title; opponents know not to disregard them at this point. The Kings have made a strange (and unintentional) habit of following underwhelming regular seasons with blistering playoff runs.”

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